The Four Seasons by Abraham Delfos
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Abraham Delfos

The Four Seasons 1791

31 ⨯ 24 cm
ConditionVery good

About the artwork

Drawing in pencil and watercolour made in 1791 by Abraham Delfos after the painting from 1752 by Jan Wandelaar. Signed and dated on the stone in front. Dim. 31.8 x 24.2 cm.

We see four putti represented as the seasons. Spring is sniffing with lavender, an old-fashioned exciter of love; Autumn looks at us and gestures with grapes to a chalice that we have to make wine, the grape leaves lie in a wreath around his head; in the summer it is warm and the putto takes a good nap on the harvested corn; Winter finally warms itself above a bowl of glowing coals. On the ruin in the background a rosette with the signs of the zodiac and the god Janus, the god with the two faces. The left, young face depicts January, the new year; the old face (traditional with beard) represents the old year. One looks at the future, the other looks at the past. Reference is made to the cycle of life.