Portrait of a Young Man in Military Costume

Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum East Pavilion, Gallery E204

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Young Man in Military Costume

Artist/Maker:

Bartholomeus van der Helst (Dutch, 1613 - 1670)

Culture:

Dutch

Place:

The Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

1650

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

74.3 × 60.3 cm (29 1/4 × 23 3/4 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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With the determined, confident air of an officer accustomed to giving orders, this young man was typical of the wealthy admirals, military heroes, and members of the regent class who patronized Bartholomeus van der Helst, the most popular portrait painter among Amsterdam's leading citizens. They sought him out for his elegant, almost glamorous manner, inspired by the art of Anthony van Dyck, and for his scrupulous attention to their expensive costume.

In characteristic fashion, van der Helst devoted extensive attention to the raised ornament of this somber soldier's costume, brilliantly depicting the gold and silver brocade and scattering reflection throughout the whole picture. In his concern with realistic effects, the artist also attended to the varied details of other surfaces, from the soft doeskin of the soldier's glove to the tassels hanging from his stiff collar.

Provenance
-

Possibly Count of Ferrari
Source: Handwritten note on back of painting.

1924

Possibly Fikke van den Berg (Paris, France)

by 1926

Private Collection [sold, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, November 30, 1926, lot 456, for 4,200 florins.]
Source: GRI photostudy (Douwes files).

- 1936

Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1936 - 1938

Estate of Anton W. M. Mensing, 1866 - 1936 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Mensing sale, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, November 15, 1938, lot 46, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1970

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Exhibitions
The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (March 26 to April 30, 1944) (Cat. 44)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), March 26 to April 30, 1944
LOUIS STYLE: French Frames from Louis XIII to Louis XVI, 1610-1792 (September 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Bibliography

Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam. Tableaux anciens, antiques-objects d'art [...]. November 30, 1926 p. 3, lot 456.

Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam. Collection de feu M.- Ant. W. M. Mensing d'Amsterdam: Catalogue des tableaux anciens. November 15, 1938 p. 12, lot 46.

Balch, Allan Christopher, and James Normile, eds. The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum, 1944) unpaginated, no. 44.

The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum, 1944) unpaginated, no. 44.

Valentiner, Wilhelm R., and Paul Wescher. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook (Los Angeles: n.p., 1954) p. 27.

Fredericksen, Burton B. A Handbook of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965) p. 16, fig. 11.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972) pp. 85-86, no. 113.

Baroque Masters from the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. (Northridge: California State University, 1973) p. 14, no. 20.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986) p. 146.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 58, ill.

Gent, Judith van. "Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670): een studie naar zijn leven en zijn werk." Ph.D. diss. (Universiteit Utrecht, 2009).

Gent, Judith van. Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670): een studie naar zijn leven en werk (Zwolle: Waanders, 2011) p. 219, no. 58, ill.