Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman
Artist:
Jan Miense Molenaer (Dutch, c. 1610-1668)
Date:
1630 - 1639  
Medium:
Oil on panel 
Dimensions:
33 x 23 in. (83.8 x 58.4 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1972.52.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

Jan Miense Molenaer is best known for his genre scenes and compositions of elegant groupings often referred to as “merry companies.” He spent most of his life in Haarlem, and in 1636 married painter Judith Leyster. This unusual full-length portrait depicts an elegant man gesturing as if in reference to a pendant painting. Paired marriage portraits were often interrelated in this manner. The husband and wife would face one another across the picture frame, and a subtle gesture such as this would confirm their bond.

Provenance:

Sénateur Ferdinand Raphaël Bischoffsheim (1837-1909), Belgium and France, in 1886, by inheritance to his granddaughter;
Marie-Laure Henriette Bischoffsheim, Vicomtesse de Noailles (1902-1970), Paris, still in 1947.
[Galerie Victor Mandl, Paris, by February, 1950, when consigned (as “Dutch, 17th century”) to];
[Pieter de Boer, Amsterdam (as “Thomas de Keyser”); returned to];
[Galerie Victor Mandl, Paris].
[Wildenstein, Paris, in 1963].
[Galeries Les Tourettes, Basel/Dr. Otto and Anne Wertheimer (as “Molenaer”), consigned June 1972 to];
[Schaeffer Galleries, Inc., New York, stock no. 2709, sold 26 January 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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