Portrait of a Woman

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of a Woman

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacob Adriaensz Backer (Dutch, 1608 - 1651)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1647

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

95.3 x 74.9 cm (37 1/2 x 29 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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A woman poses in front of a parapet, over which an Oriental carpet hangs. She wears a dress of luxurious, heavily brocaded fabric with a daring neckline. Strings of pearls wrap across her shoulders, wrist, and around her headpiece. Her face and chest are brightly lit, and she looks out at the viewer with an assertive gaze. Although her identity is unknown, she is obviously a woman of status and wealth. Jacob Adriaensz. Backer derived the woman's pose from Rembrandt, whose work greatly influenced him.

Provenance
- 1905

Cornel Kämpfer [sold, Cornel Kämpfer sale, A. Creutzer/M. Lempertz, Aachen, April 4-5, 1905, lot 205.]

about 1905 - 1921

Possibly Jules Porgès, 1839 - 1921 (Paris, France)

- 1929

Private Collection (Austria) [sold, Lepke, Berlin, April 30, 1929, lot 69.]

- 1948

David Schnur, 1882 - 1948 (Berlin, Germany; Paris, France; New York, New York)

1948 - 1955

Mrs. Else Schnur (New York, New York) [sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 12, 1955, lot 28, to Marco J. Heidner.]

1955 - 1967

Marco J. Heidner [unsold, Heidner sale, Christie's, London, May 19, 1967, lot 70; sold, Heidner sale, Christie's, London, June 16, 1967, lot 53, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]

1967

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England), sold to J. Paul Getty, 1967.

1967 - 1971

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Bibliography

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. 5, ill.