Study of a Man’s Torso and Hands

black chalk scketch of man's torso, with hand on hip and other hand turned up

Unknown (probably Flemish) Artist
Study of a Man’s Torso and Hands, mid- to late seventeenth century
Black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on buff paper
10 × 8 1/4 in. (25.5 × 21 cm)
École Nationale Supérie des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Although an attribution to a French artist has been suggested for this drawing, the pose and costume’s flamboyant character point to a Flemish contemporary of Van Dyck’s. In its focus on the man’s costume and its technique of black chalk on lightly toned paper, heightened with white chalk, the study is comparable to several drawings by Van Dyck also on view in this exhibition.

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