Oil on panel: 46 x 38 cm
signed ‘C. Dusart 1685’ faintly on the edge of the table
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This work was finished in 1685, the year in which Dusart inherited the contents of the studio of his master Adriaen van Ostade. Dusart was the most celebrated pupil of Van Ostade. Van Ostade left a number of unfinished painting behind, some of which Dusart completed. The experience had a profound influence on his work.
The pose of the man, standing on the left, relates to a grey ink and black chalk drawing of a hurdy gurdy player by Dusart, signed and dated 1695, in the Art Institute of Chicago.
The admiration for this painting started early on, when Le Brun Galerie had an engraving made by the artist Robert Daudet in 1787.
Engraved by R Daudet, Paris, 1787 (‘Tiré du Cabinet de Mr le Brun’)