Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) Portrait of a Young Lady Beside a Fountain

Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) Portrait of a Young Lady Beside a Fountain

1675 Netherlands

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Portrait of a young lady, half-length,in a landscape wearing a red cloak, beside a fountain. Signed and dated lower right 'N. Maes 1675'. Oil on canvas in a painted oval in a period giltwood frame.

Dimensions: 45.4 x 33cm
Very good
Agnes Duncan Miller, London
Anonymous sale, Christies's London, 4th December 1936, lot 32, sold to Mitchell
Edward B. Taggart by whom gifted to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1963 and deaccessioned, Christie's New York, June 2009, lot 20
Private collection, Dallas, USA
Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693) was born in Dordrecht and was the son of Gerrit Maes, a prosperous merchant. In c.1648 he went to Amsterdam and became a pupil of Rembrandt, learning from his masters use of deep intensity of colour in his work. In this period he painted mostly genre scenes such as women lacemaking or reading the Bible, before returning to Dordrecht in 1653. In c.1660 Maes began specialising in portraits, moving away from the Rembrandt style of colouring more towards the brighter colours used by artists such as Van Dyke. Arnold Houbraken's 1721 biography described this transformation as: (Maes) 'learned the art of painting from Rembrandt but lost that way of painting early, particularly when he took up portraiture and discovered that young ladies preferred white to brown'. Examples of his work can be seen in the National Gallery, London, Buckingham Palace and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

L. Krempel, Studien zu den datierten Gemalden des Nicolaes Maes
Dimensions
Height 45.40 cm (17.87 inches)
Width 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Stock Code
92
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
1675
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