Dordrecht 1616 - 1680 Amsterdam
Portrait of a man
signed and dated lower right: F. Bol / 164
oil on panel
panel: 25 3/4 by 20 1/8 in.; 64 by 53 cm.
framed: 32 1/4 by 28 in.; 81.9 by 71.1 cm.
This painting has been cleaned, restored and is ready to hang as is. The painting is overall good state, with the brushy application of the artist's technique throughout. The panel itself has been cradled. Under uv: there are some scattered restorations. The face is good overall, with minor touches here and there, localized and well applied. To the right of his profile in the darks of there hair, there is restoration, apparently to make the dark sections of the hair read better. There is also restoration along the panel join about a quarter from the left edge; this runs from top to bottom, about ¼ inch wide, possibly to address when the join might have separated before the cradling. There are scattered restorations in the background to the right of his head. Some other scattered. All of these are extremely well done and this picture presents a strong and elegant image. Offered in a modern Dutch 17th Century ebonized wood molding frame.
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Ferdinand Bol was born in Dordrecht to Balthasar Bol, a prosperous surgeon, and is thought to have been apprenticed to Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (1594–1651), the father of the landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp, who was at that time the most prominent and versatile artist in Dordrecht. When Bol was nearly twenty years of age, he eschewed the customary trip to Italy expected of a young painter and left for Amsterdam, where he entered Rembrandt’s studio. Bol was apprenticed to his famous master between 1635 and 1641, and, unsurprisingly, this was to be a formative influence upon his subsequent career. Upon the death of his father and the ensuing receipt of some funds, Bol established himself as an independent artist at the age of 25, and his first signed and dated works appear from 1642 onwards. Bol was certainly one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils, and, it is said, was also his favorite. His early portraits from the 1640s were naturally executed in the style of Rembrandt and it was only in 1649, with his first major commission for the group portrait of the Four Regents of the Amsterdam Lepers’ House (Amsterdam, Historical Museum) that Bol began to break away from his master’s influence, though throughout his career his signature style and lyrical personality is imbued in his male and female sitters.
The present work was once owned by Georg Weifert, a Serbian industrialist and banker of German descent. He is also considered the founder of the modern mining sector in Serbia. Weifert was an important patron and supporter of humanitarian and cultural institutions. Today, his portrait adorns the 1000 Serbian dinar note.