Published: December 3, 2002
NEW YORK CITY – The annual winter exhibition of Old Master paintings will be at Jack Kilgore & Co., 154 East 71st Street, January 20 to February 14.
“A Portrait of a Lady in an Interior” is a new rediscovery by the Amsterdam artist Dirck Santvoort (1610-1680). Toward the middle of the Seventeenth Century, Santvoort became one of the leading portrait painters in Amsterdam. In 1636, he finished the famous portrait of the young Willem van Loon, now in the Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam. The present was executed the following year. Another well-known picture by Santvoort, the “Portrait of a Girl with a Finch,” is in the collection of the National Gallery, London.
The second half of the Seventeenth Century is represented by an outstanding still life by Simon Pietersz Verelst (1644-1721), an artist originally from The Hague who moved to England by 1669. His “Flowers in a Glass Vase,” dated 1665, was painted just before he left The Netherlands. Apparently, Verelst stopped dating his works after his move to England. Very few of his early works bear dates and only two other paintings dated 1665 are known.
Willem van Mieris’ (1662-1747) “The Holy and St John the Baptist” was painted in 1708. This small panel belonged to the famous collector Pieter de la Court in Leiden and its provenance goes back to the day it was commissioned. From all the paintings De la Court owned by Van Mieris, he admired his “Holy Family” the best, placing it in the most prominent room of his Rapenburg residence.
The French paintings date even later in time. Joseph-Marie Vien’s (1716-1809) “Autel de Jeune Bacchus (the Altar of the Young Bacchus)” was commissioned by the Duc d’Orleans for the Palais Royal in 1761 and first publicly shown at that year’s Salon in Paris. This painting recently emerged on the French art market, after it last appeared in a sale in 1885.
Jean-Joseph Taillason’s (1745-1809) “St Mary Magdalene in the Desert,” painted in 1784, was first publicly shown at the Salon in Paris the following year. Two studies for this classical painting are known, both executed in black chalk on paper. The first, showing some notable differences in the objects on the right side but otherwise homogenous, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Another, signed compositional study for the picture is in a private collection in the United States.
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