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update 14 September 2021

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Peter Paul Rubens [Siegen, 1577 - Antwerp, 1640]

Two Sleeping Children

Datec. 1612-13
Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)50.5 x 65.5
Credit LinePurchased
Standard ref.Jaffé 460
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1972-0001
Two Sleeping Children

The great Peter Paul Rubens was the representative painter of seventeenth-century Flanders (present-day Belgium). The models for this work are thought to have been the children of the artist's elder brother. Presumably a study for a larger oil painting, it shows off the master's swift brushwork and vivid method of depiction, notably in the fleshy cheeks of the children. Ruben's realism is well demonstrated here: capturing his subject matter through skillful application of transparent and opaque colors and effective use of contrasting color tones and paint thicknesses. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Brought into the Radziwill family by Princess Louise of Prussia (1770-1836), daughter of Ferdinand of Prussia, as part of her dowry by her marriage to Prince Anton Henri Radziwill (1775-1833), Berlin, 17. 3. 1796; By direct inheritance to Prince Stanislas Radziwill (1866-1920), her great grand son; Princess Dolly Radziwill-Tvede (1886-1966), his widow; Duchess A. de Maillé, her daughter, untill 1972; Purchased by the NMWA, 1973.

Exhibition History

1936
Rubens et son temps, Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1936 - 1936, cat. no. 91
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 16
2013
Rubens: Inspired by Italy and Established in Antwerp, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo , 9 March 2013 - 21 April 2013, cat. no. 9, col. repr.
2018
Rubens and the Birth of the Baroque, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 16 October 2018 - 20 January 2019, cat. no. 36

Bibliography

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1886
Rooses, Max. L'œuvre de P. P. Rubens. vol. 5, Antwerpen, 1886, no. 1229, paragraph 13, pl. 353.
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1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 13, col. repr.
1978
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1980
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1989
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Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 26, col. repr.
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2018
Kofuku, Akira. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. [Tokyo], The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; The Western Art Foundation, 2018, pp. 75-77, no. 19, col. repr.

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