Henri Goovaerts

Male seated nude

Male seated nude
Dating presumably 1891 - 1894
Material / technique oil on canvas
Dimensions 175 x 125 cm
Provenance 2016 purchase from Trijntje Wijfje-Van Schip, Alphen aan de Rijn, the Netherlands, by present owner
Current residence Collection Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Signature r. in paint: HRI GOOVAERTS [underlined]
Remarks This painting is a rarity within the so far known oeuvre of Henri Goovaerts. Are we looking at a study of a living figure or is this a copy of a (detail of a) painting that Goovaerts saw during his study trip in Italy or Spain? The twisted posture of the man as well as his relatively elongated body evoke associations with the work of Andrea del Sarto, Pontormo or other Florentine Mannerists.
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