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17th Century Dutch Portrait of a Lady by Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)


"17th Century Dutch Portrait of a Lady by Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) "
Portrait of a Lady by the Dutch Golden Age painter Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693). Half length, in a feigned oval, the lady wears a pearl necklace and earrings, a beaded ivory silk dress with a crimson coat, her dark chestnut hair dressed in the fashionable style of the era. It is presented in a landscape setting at dusk. Traces of signature lower right. Circa 1671.
This is a classic example of Maes' portraiture technique and style at the height of his career as the leading portrait painter of his time in the Netherlands. The sitter was in all likelihood the daughter or wife of a wealthy merchant, part of the wealthy rising class eager to display their newfound prosperity and success by commissioning portraits of her family wearing clothes made from fabrics luxurious and fine pearl jewellery. The painting is registered under the name Maes in the archives of the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) in The Hague, no. 150163. Oil on canvas in a Dutch-style ebony frame.
Provenance:
Sotheby's, Amsterdam, May 6, 1998, lot 10 Kunstzalen A. Vecht, Amsterdam (2001)
Private collection, Netherlands

Nicolaes Maes was one of Rembrandt's most talented students. When he was about thirteen or fourteen, he left his parents' home in Dordrecht to apprentice with the master in Amsterdam. He spent four or five years in Rembrandt's studio, returning to Dordrecht in 1653 as an artist in his own right. Maes began as a "history" painter, following in the footsteps of Rembrandt, but he soon directed his activities towards genre painting of intimate and detailed domestic scenes. In a short period between 1654 and 1658 he was one of the most innovative painters in this field. His experiments in rendering interiors, his eye for realistic detail and the particular intimacy of his paintings had a major influence on painters like Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer. Maes painted his first portraits in 1655, and shortly before 1660 he ceased to paint genre works and other paintings, concentrating solely on portraiture, eventually developing a colorful and elegant style which appealed to a wide circle of customers in Dordrecht, Amsterdam and beyond.

Literature: L. Krempel, 'Studien Zu Den Datierten Gemalden Des Nicolaes Maes', Petersburg 2000
AV Suchtelen, 'Nicolaes Maes - Innovation and Versatility', by Dutch Master of the Golden Age, in association with the National Gallery, London and the Mauritshuis , The Hague, Yale University Press, 2020
Price : $40,000
Artist : Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)
Period: 17th century
Style: Baroque
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 33.1cm (13in)
Height : 43.7 (17in)

Reference : 900
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