Description & Technical information

Although Maurice Langaskens rarely dated his work, this sketch on panel can be dated to around 1930. Drawn with pen and black ink and watercolour on a plywood panel, it is a study for a colour aquatint by Langaskens entitled Le Géographe. In both the drawing and the related print, the man appears to be examining a map of the city of Brussels. The artist created a number of drawn and etched variants of this subject, with an elderly man intensely studying a map, an atlas or a globe.

An analogous subject is also found in a small panel of an entomologist scrutinizing an insect - of similar dimensions, medium and technique to the present panel - which appeared at auction in Paris in 2008.

Date:  around 1930
Period:  20th century
Medium: Pencil and black ink and watercolour on panel
Signature: Signed and inscribed Maurice Langaskens. / étude. at the lower left.

Dimensions: 300 x 345 cm (118¹/₈ x 135⁷/₈ inches)
Provenance: Anonymous sale, Brussels, Hôtel de Ventes Horta, 20 January 2014, lot 242
Day and Faber, London
Agnew’s, London.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints