17th century Flemish and Dutch paintings

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Attributed to Paulus Hennekyn
One of a pair of portraits of a gentleman and of a lady, each knee-length, standing with gloves in their left or right hand
Oil on canvas : 107 X 81 cm (man) and 109 X 83,5 cm (wife) 
Both unsigned
Sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 7/06/78
Result unknown to us
 
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this pair of paintings was sold as by Lodewijk van der Helst, the son of the famous Amsterdam portrait painter Bartholomeus van der Helst, to whom both paintings were attributed in the past

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Hennekeyn, Paulus
"Portrait of a man"
About Paulus Hennekyn
 
Dutch painter
Antwerp 1612 – 1672 Amsterdam 
 
Portrait painter. He seems occasionally to have painted still lifes.
 
It is not known whom he studied painting with. He was a close friend and follower of the important Amsterdam portrait painter Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613 – 1670), who in his turn had been a pupil of Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy (1588 – 1650). Another close Amsterdam follower of Bartholomeus van der Helst was Abraham van den Tempel (1622/23 – 1672).
 
Paulus’s father was François Hennekin, a silversmith from Antwerp who moved to Amsterdam 5 months after the birth of Paulus in 1612. Our painter married twice, his son, David, was his pupil.
 
Hennekyn seems to have been active all his life in Amsterdam, except for a short stay in Alkmaar in 1649. The choice as a portrait painter for the metropolis of Holland seems to have been an obvious one: lots of potential clients on one hand, but also a fair number of competitors.
 
About our portrait
 
This is a typical portrait by Hennekeyn in his usual strong style.
It can be compared to the pair of portraits from the Rijksmuseum and to the pair sold at Sotheby’s New York in 1978.
It dates from 1636, which makes it an early painting by our painter.
The portrayed man was aged 44.
 
Why should you buy this painting?
 
Because it is a typical Dutch, no nonsense portrait of the second quarter of the 17th century: a confident Protestant man, soberly dressed, ready to take on any challenge.
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