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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 248

    Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)

    Portrait of a lady, aged 68, seated half-length

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    Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam)
    Portrait of a lady, aged 68, seated half-length
    signed, dated and inscribed 'AET.68. / Maes 1675' (center right)
    oil on canvas
    35 ½ x 28 3/8 in. (90 x 72 cm.)


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    Nicolaes Maes trained with Rembrandt in his studio from 1648 to 1653 and is among the most important of his disciples. While his early paintings owe a clear debt to his master’s work of the mid-1640s, during the 1660s, Maes' technique becomes increasingly grounded in the Flemish mode of portraiture developed by van Dyck and introduced to the northern Netherlands by artists such as Govaert Flinck, Adriaen Hanneman and Jan Mijtens. The present portrait is an exception: while the detailed painting of the costume demonstrates a bravura typical of his mature style, the subdued palette and emphasis on the human qualities of the sitter – her hands; her smile as she looks up from her Bible – are more reminiscent of Maes’ early work. The unusual amalgamation of late Maes with the Rembrandtism of his early years accords this canvas a particular fascination.

    Provenance

    (Probably) Admiral Lord Radstock, London; (†), Christie's, London, 12-13 May 1826, lot 6 (32 gns. to Morant).
    with Galerie Meissner, Zurich, from whom acquired in 1971 by
    H. Landau Remy, Petrópolis.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT SOUTH AMERICAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    W. Sumowski, Die Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, III, Landau, Pfalz, 1986, pp. 2030 and 2137, no. 1411.
    W. Sumowski, Die Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, VI, Landau, Pfalz, 1994, p. 3630, no. 1411.
    W.E. Franits, Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in 17th Century Dutch Art, Cambridge 1995, p. 410, n. 2.
    L. Krempel, Nicolaes Maes, Petersberg, 2000, pp. 71 and 314, fig. 217, pl. XIX.