signed and dated lower left: 'ABloemaert. fec / 1634'
The Dutch artist Abraham Bloemaert was one of the lead contributors of the School of Utrecht, as is evident by the vastness of his oeuvre and large number of pupils. He was a highly sought after artist, and most of his works, which consisted of history subjects and landscape scenes, were made according to the market’s demands. In addition, throughout the 1630s, Bloemaert executed a series of heads of elderly figures, such as the present portrait. These types of portraits were probably not commissioned, and perhaps were of personal interest to Bloemaert, who would have been in his 70s at the time they were painted.5 When taking this into consideration, his portraits of aged sitters serve as sincere studies of expression executed with the utmost liberty.
1. M. Roethlisberger, 'Abraham Bloemaert and his Sons: Paintings and Prints,' Netherlands 1993, vol. I, p. 329, cat. no. 517. Also, see under Exhibition.
4. 'Katalog der Ausstellung historischer Gemälde aus bremischem Privatbesitz in der Kunsthalle,' Bremen 1904, p. 50, no. 118.
5. M. Roethlisberger, 'Abraham Bloemaert and his Sons: Paintings and Prints,' Netherlands 1993, vol. I, p. 34.
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