38 cm by 27 cm canvas
60 cm by 49 cm frame
Follower of Cornelis Bega-Note the presence of an illegible monogram on the left in the center
Cornelis Bega (1630-1664)
Cornelis Bega, born around 1630-1631 and not around 1620 as some sources claim, is the son of the sculptor Pieter Janszon Begeyn and his wife Maria, herself daughter of the painter Cornelis van Haarlem
Banished by his father because of a dissolved life, he takes the name of Bega which is that of his maternal grandfather. Cornelis Bega's master is Adriaen van Ostade and, like the latter, he endeavors to paint scenes of genres reproducing the life of the Dutch peasants, portraits, interiors or village scenes.
Between 1653 and 1654, he made his “grand tour”, in the company of Dirk Helmbreker. Vincent van der Vinne and Guillam Dubois, during which he stayed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France. He is considered as "one of the best painters of Dutch manners".
He is responsible for 160 cataloged paintings, around 80 drawings and also 37 known engravings. His studies in blood and black stone are of very high quality. As a designer, Bega is known for his one-character studies, performed mainly in black and white chalk on blue paper or red chalk on white paper. No study seems to relate to a painting or an engraving.
Bega exchanges designs with other artists from the Haarlem school, including van der Cooghen, Gerrit Berckheyde, Dirck Helmbreker and Cornelis Visscher. These artists have drawn studies of figures in chalk in a very similar style; their drawings, especially those of Bega and Berckheyde, have often been confused. Unlike studies of realistic figures, Bega's engravings represent interiors with figures in the manner of van Ostade.
Among the artists he influenced were Thomas Wick, Jan Sten, Richard Brakenburg (1650-1702) and - Cornelis Dusart. Painters like R. Oostrzaen and Jacob Toorenvliet (1635-1719) and later European artists imitate the style of Bega and borrow his characters from early life.
Admitted in 1654 to the guild of Saint Luc de Haarlem, he appeared on the registers of the brotherhood until 16618.
He died in 1664 of the plague transmitted by his wife