Portrait of the Artist

 
Creation date
Materials
oil on wood
Dimensions
13-1/2 x 10 in. 22-5/8 x 19-1/8 in. (framed)
Credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
Accession number
C10047
Collection
Currently On View In
William C. Griffith Jr. and Carolyn C. Griffith Gallery - H215

This small painting is considered the best of several copies of a lost self-portrait made by Frans Hals in the late 1640s. Hals was a renowned portraitist, greatly admired for his swift, spontaneous manner of painting and for the provocative vitality of his characterizations.

The existence of no fewer than fifteen copies of this painting reflects the great popularity of artist's self-portraits among 17th-century collectors.

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, probably until 1754.{1} Possibly in the collection of wealthy shipowner from Nantes, Fernand Crouan [1845-1905]; by descent to Mr. de Lagotellerie.{2} (E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York); acquired by Dr. G.H.A. Clowes in 1934, Indianapolis; The Clowes Fund Collection, 1958-present (C10047).

{1} The painting was listed in the 1722 inventory of the Dresden Gemäldegalerie as no. 147. Scholars such as Valentiner have confused it with another version of the Hals portrait also owned by the Dresden Gallery. This copy is listed as no. 191. No. 147 was probably sold sometime between 1722 and 1754 because it no longer appears in the inventory of 1754 or later inventories. Correspondence in 2007 with Dresden's Gemäldegalerie, IMA Historical File (C10047).
{2} Hofstede de Groot reported that he examined the painting in Paris at the home of Mr. de Lagotellerie. De Lagotellerie inherited the business and presumably the painting collection of his father-in-law in 1905. The company liquidated in 1906, whereupon De Lagotellerie moved to Paris. Note written by Hofstede de Groot in March 1912, RKD files.
{3} The painting was never, as Slive suggests, in the possession of H. Klaus of Minneapolis but was acquired directly from Silbermann Galleries by Clowes. The mistake can be attributed to an announcement made on 26 January 1935 by the Illustrated London News, declaring the new owner of the self-portrait to be Dr. H. Klaus of Minneapolis. A letter written to the newspaper by Charles H. Dorr of E. and A. Silbermann points out the mistake. Clowes Collection Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art (C10047). See also the same error in "Long hidden work by Hals is found", New York Times, 9 January 1935.
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