Lovely 18th Century Flemish School Ink Drawing of an Allegory of Painting.
In this lovely Ink rendering, nine Putti express their love to the Art of Painting.
Two Putti hold sketch pads, while 2 others show painter’s palettes and paintbrushes, as three others hold a painting and its frame aloft.
The piece is full of movement and quite charming.
The drawing bears the Collector’s Mark of Paul Mathias Polakovitz, registered under Lugt 2010 and featuring his initials PM in a blue oval form.
This wonderful collector was a journalist, born in Budapest in 1921 and who passed away in Paris in 1987.
Mathias, as he was widely known, studied in Switzerland and in England where he met and befriended the Shah of Iran. By 1949 he had moved to Paris where he embraced journalism. Hired by Paris Match, his talent for storytelling and his good looks made his ascension an easy one. In 1960 he was appointed as the Bureau Manager in New York. There he would cement his reputation by befriending many well-known socialites and international personalities. By 1969, he had decided to leave journalism behind in order to dedicate his full time to his passion: Drawings!
He often told the story that this passion was ignited by a 17th Century French drawing gifted to him by Jackie Onassis.
His passion was identifying the drawings origins and linking them to their creators and to the painting they served as preparatory work for.
His collection grew to more than 4000 thousand drawings, mostly from the French and Italian School. In 1987 he gifted the main part of his French Drawing collection, consisting of 3000 pieces, to the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
The remainder of his collection was dispersed at three main auctions: in 1988 in Paris, then again in 1989, and finally in 2018.
An incredible connoisseur he has marked the world of Drawings for years to come.
The drawing is 5.31 inches high by 2.95 inches wide
The 19th century Gilt wood frame measures 12.59 inches high by 10.43 inches wide.
The Drawing was acquired in Paris in March 2019.