BARTHOLOMEUS VAN DER HELST

(Haarlem 1613-1670 Amsterdam)

 

A pair of Portraits:

Portrait of Gabriel Marselis, before a balustrade with a distant view of Haarlem beyond

and Portrait of Maria van Arckel, before a balustrade with a view out to sea beyond

 

Man: signed and dated 'B. vander. helst /1655' (on the stone balustrade, lower right)

Lady: signed and dated 'B. vander.helst /1655' (on the stone balustrade, lower left)

oil on canvas

44 x 37 7/8 in. (111.7 x 96.2 cm.)

Provenance:

Jean-Robert Tronchin Boissier (1710-1793), Procureur-Général of Geneva, by 1777, when recorded byhis brother François Tronchin in a list of the most important paintings in Geneva collections, 'TronchinBoissier, Un bourguemestre et sa femme, pendans de Barthelemy van der Helst. Les fonds de Jaq. Ruysdaal', and by inheritance to form part of the

Cabinet de Bessinge, near Geneva, acquired en bloc with the Bessinge estate in 1938, by

Xavier Givaudan, and by descent to the present owner.

 

Literature:

J. Crosnier, 'Bessinge', Nos Anciens et leurs oeuvres, Geneva, VIII, 1908, pp. 81-3, illustrated.

J.J. de Gelder, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Rotterdam, 1921, p. 178, no. 180, and p. 207, no. 534, 'Een landschap door een ander schilder'.

M. Roethlisberger, review of the exhibition, 'De Genève à l'Ermitage: Les Collections de François

Tronchin', The Burlington Magazine, CXVI, September 1974, p. 552.

J. van Ghent, Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670): een studie naar zijn leven en zijn werk, Phthesis, University of Utrecht, due for publication 2011, no. 77.

 

Exhibited:

Geneva, Musée Rath, De Genève à l'Ermitage: Les Collections de François Tronchin, 21 June-15

September 1974, no. 4.

 

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