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Caesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar 1616/17-1678)
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Caesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar 1616/17-1678)

Portrait of young man, three-quarter length, holding a carnation

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Caesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar 1616/17-1678)
Portrait of young man, three-quarter length, holding a carnation
oil on canvas
39 5/8 x 34¼ in. (100.6 x 87 cm.)
Provenance
with Hoogendijk, Amsterdam.
with Dr. Kurt Erasmus, Berlin, 1929, as Ferdinand Bol.
with Gemälde-Galerie Abels, Cologne, 1935, as Ferdinand Bol.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 July 1987, lot 47 (£10,000 to Richard Piasecki). Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 15 May 1996, lot 31.
with Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1997.
with Hall & Knight, Inc., New York.
Literature
P. Huys Janssen, Caesar van Everdingen 1616/17-1678, Doornspijk, 2002, pp. 108-109, no. 47, fig. 65.
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Originally from Alkmaar, Van Everdingen was living in Haarlem by 1648 and served as dean of the Guild of Saint Luke in the mid-1650s. His skill at rendering weighty, sculptural, figures and smooth unblemished surfaces, visible in the present work, has caused him to be grouped with Pieter de Grebber and Salomon de Bray, the so-called 'Haarlem Classicists'. In this portrait of a man, previously attributed to Ferdinand Bol, the handsome sitter wears an impressive costume which incorporates a short doublet and lace-trimmed collar. As noted by Paul Huys Janssen, the carnation in his hand may indicate that this painting commemorates the young man's engagement (op. cit., p. 109).

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