Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman

NICOLAES MAES (1634-1693)

Portrait of a Gentleman

1676 Netherlands

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Portrait of a gentleman, half length within in a feigned oval, standing in a landscape wearing a red velvet coat under a brown silk cloak. Signed and dated 1676.

Oil on canvas in an ebonised dutch wooden frame.

Nicolaes Maes (Dordrecht 1634-1693 Amsterdam) 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'.

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Private collection, Northern Germany
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Oil on canvas
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