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Jan Cossiers Antwerp 1600-1671
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Jan Cossiers Antwerp 1600-1671

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a black coat and lace collar

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Jan Cossiers Antwerp 1600-1671
Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, in a black coat and lace collar
oil on panel
24¾ x 19 in. 62.9 x 48.3 cm.
Provenance
Jacob Doppler, Munich, by 1931, as 'Anthony van Dyck'.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 18 May 1990, lot 144, as 'Circle of Jan de Bray', where purchased by the present owner.

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Jan Cossiers was a Flemish painter whose style is close to that of the Utrecht, Antwerp and Roman Caravaggisti, albeit often freer in handling. Cossiers assisted Rubens with the execution of a series of large paintings that were commissioned from the artist in the 1630s, and by the second half of the seventeenth century, Cossiers had established himself as one of Antwerp's most prominent masters. His portraits in particular, such as the present work, are admired for their sensitive likenesses and psychological characterizations. Details such as the sitter's left hand, resting securely at his waist, reveal a self-assured and dignified nature.

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