The sketch of “All Saints” is Rubens

The sketch of “All Saints” is Rubens
The sketch of "All Saints" is Rubens - 1

  • Posted by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: Around 1612

Description of the picture :

The sketch of “All Saints” is Rubens. Around 1612

   A sketch image of All Saints. The ghostly crowds of saints are exalted in the clouds above the flickering abyss, which is as little like the sky we know as the figures of saints – on earthly people. Rubens’ own sketches transparency of liquid paints, pearl overflows of color, lack of agreement accurately, but fluently outlined forms – everything helps him create a vision of an amazing, magical celebration. At the moment of happy inspiration, this work was born, in which a completely different Rubens confronts us than the one we know from very earthly, healthy, even heavy figures and bright colors of his large finished paintings.

   We do not know anything about the picture performed on the basis of this sketch. Perhaps she never existed. In any case, the attempt to transfer to the finished painting “All Saints” is clearly fraught with distortion and impoverishment. Rubens loved his sketches and never sold them, he knew the special charm of their artistic language. Of course, this is not just auxiliary material, one of the steps of work on a large work. Sometimes it seems that the artist created them not so much for the sake of fulfilling the order for the picture as for himself, trying to capture his thought or experience.