BARTHOLOMEUS VAN DER HELST

Lot number

9

Estimated price

5500
7700

Description

BARTHOLOMEUS VAN DER HELST
(Haarlem 1613 – 1670 Amsterdam)
“Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length”
Oil on panel, 59.6 x 45.6 cm.
£ 5,000-7,000

Provenance:
The Berryman Collection.
Brain Koetser, London.

Catalogue note:
Bartholomeus van der Helst was a Dutch portrait painter from
Haarlem, who moved to Amsterdam sometime before 1636. In
Amsterdam, Van der Helst was a contemporary of Rembrandt. He
soon became the most popular painter of portraits in the city because
of his flattering portrayals in the style of Anthony van Dyck. These
representations were more immediately appealing than Rembrandt’s
dark and introspective later work. Several of Rembrandt’s pupils,
including Ferdinand Bol and Govaert Flinck, adopted Van Helst’s style
instead of their master’s.

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