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Pieter Thijs (Antwerp 1624?-1677)
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Pieter Thijs (Antwerp 1624?-1677)

Portrait of a Gentleman, bust-length, in black robes and white collar

Details
Pieter Thijs (Antwerp 1624?-1677)
Portrait of a Gentleman, bust-length, in black robes and white collar
oil on panel
21¼ x 16½ in. (54 x 41.9 cm.)
Provenance
Private Collection, Basel, by 1925 and by descent to the present owner.
Sale Room Notice
We are grateful to Edgar Harden for noting that the frame on the present lot is stamped on the reverse 'E.L.INFROIT JMEl' for Etienne-Louis Infroit (1719/20-1795), Master carver at the Academy of St Luc, 14 August 1759, Master carpenter 12 October 1768).

Lot Essay

Pieter Thijs became a master in Antwerp's Guild of St. Luke in 1644 and from around 1647 worked for Archduke Leopold William in Brussels and the House of Orange in The Hague. He executed allegorical and mythological compositions for both courts and was also active as a portrait painter. Later in his career Thijs concentrated mainly on religious compositions for the Antwerp religious community but also painted mythological scenes and portraits for individuals and the art trade in Antwerp. From the the beginning of his career, Thijs was greatly influenced by the later work of van Dyck. This may be related to the fact that his early patrons were rulers whose taste was formed by van Dyck's refined courtly style.

We are grateful to Jan de Maere for suggesting the attribution to Pieter Thijs from a color transparency (written communication, 27 January 2006).

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