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Nicolaes Maes
Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam
A PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH A WHITE COLLAR AND A BLACK CLOAK, LEANING ON A PEDESTAL IN A CLASSICAL GARDEN
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SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS

Nicolaes Maes
Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam
A PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH A WHITE COLLAR AND A BLACK CLOAK, LEANING ON A PEDESTAL IN A CLASSICAL GARDEN
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Nicolaes Maes
Dordrecht 1634 - 1693 Amsterdam
DORDRECHT 1634 - 1693 AMSTERDAM
A PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, STANDING THREE-QUARTER LENGTH, WEARING A BLACK COAT WITH A WHITE COLLAR AND A BLACK CLOAK, LEANING ON A PEDESTAL IN A CLASSICAL GARDEN

signed (strengthened) or bears signature lower right on the pedestal: N. Maes with traces of an old signature lower right


oil on canvas
131.4 by 108.5 cm.
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Provenance

Private collection, Brussels or Antwerp,
By whom (anonymously) sold, Antwerp, Van Herck, 24 October 1927, lot 57;
Alphonse Giroux, Brussels,
His sale, Brussels, Giroux, 5 March 1928, lot 34;
With J. Leger & Son, London, by 1929;
H.J. Spiller, by 1935,
By whom (anonymously) sold, London, Christie's, 26 July 1935, lot 139, to Bacon for 32 Guineas;
Private collection, England, before 1962;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 11 July 1962, lot 111;
Alfred S. Karlsen, Beverly Hills,
By whom offered, London, Christie's, 19 November 1971, lot 75, by inheritance to Peter Moller;
Mr and Mrs Peter Moller, Los Angeles, by whom donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1976 (inv. no. 76.PA.40).

Literature

Country Life, 12 January 1929, p. XXIX (advertisement);
W. Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, vol. III, Landau/Pfalz 1983, p. 2030, no. 1409, reproduced p. 2135;
P.C. Sutton, Dutch Art in America, Washington 1986, p. 146 (as by Karel Dujardin);
J. Killian, The Paintings of Karel Dujardin, New York 1993, vol. II, p. 473 (under 'Rejected attributions');
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 1997, p. 37, reproduced (as by Dujardin);
F.G. Meijer, The Collection of Dutch and Flemish Still life Paintings Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Zwolle 2003, p. 246-47;
J. Killian, The Paintings of Karel Dujardin: 1626-1678, Catalogue Raisonné, Amsterdam/Philadelphia 2005, p. 243, cat. no. C38 (under 'Rejected attributions').

Catalogue Note

Acquired by the museum as by Nicolaes Maes in 1976, and published by Sumowski as such, but reattributed to Karel Dujardin following a suggestion by Arthur Wheelock and research by Thomas Kren who, comparing it to other portraits by Dujardin, dated it to the 1660s.  Jennifer Killian writing on Dujardin, rightly rejected this attribution.1 Subsequently, in the first years of the 2000s it was returned to Nicolaes Maes.  It is fully characteristic of the artist, and is to be considered to be a late work, from around 1670. Sumowski  compares it with portraits dated 1669 and 1672.2

1. See under Literature, 1993 and 2005.
2. In Hamburg, Kunsthalle, and The Hague, Gemeentemuseum; see Sumowski under Literature, p. 2030, nos. 1407 and 1410, reproduced pp. 2133 and 2136.

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