9 May 2001
Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693)
Portrait of a baby boy, seated on a cushion by a draped curtain, wearing a white satin dress and feathered hat, a pet dog on his lap, a landscape beyond
signed (strengthened) and dated (strengthened) AET. 4M 6V/N.MAES 1664 lower right
oil on canvas
91.2 x 72.9 cm
Leon Hirsch, His Sale, American Art Association New York, 29 January 1914, lot 48, ill.
with Ehrich, New York.
C.Bayart, His Sale, Fievez Brussels, 10 December 1928, lot 39, fig.17.
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C.Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné, etc., VI, 1915, p.595, no.548.
W.R.Valentiner, Nicolaes Maes, 1924, p.58, ill.
L.Krempel, Studien zu den datierten Gemälden des Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693), 2000, p.295, no.A65, fig.155.
Krempel lists six other paintings which are dated 1664 (L.Krempel, op.cit., p.294/5, no.A60-A65). All these, including the present picture, are characterised by a monumental scale, showing Flemish tendencies, inspired by van Dyck.
This monumentality would persist throughout the 1660's; in the 1670's Maes introduced a new cabinet size scale to portraiture.
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