Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection
This portrait, dated 1588, has all the characteristics of the style of work from the Antwerp period as seen in the handsome portrait of Pierre Ricardus, kept in Bruges at the Groeninge Museum (inv. no. 234).
These early works are executed with extreme precision and an analytical meticulousness reminiscent of Adriaen Key, combined with the softness and harmonious contours of his father, Frans Pourbus I.
The small format as well as the choice of a reduced and restricted space around the subject – typical of the layout in fashion at the time – places the emphasis entirely on the subject in an effort to better define his personality.
The spirited stroke and the focus on analytical realism, as expressed in the paintings of this era, were key to his success among the aristocracy, thus reviving the tradition of the small portraits painted by Clouet and Dumontier. In addition, he used a rich, dense paste with luminous touches, thus adding to the psychological aspect of his subject, giving him an expressiveness that freed him from the conventional mannerist formulas once and for all.
The son of Frans Pourbus the Elder and the grandson of Pieter Pourbus, Frans Pourbus the Younger was accepted as a master in Antwerp in 1591. He undoubtedly received his training here, perhaps in...read more