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Vaillant, Wallerant (attributed to)
A Man Rising from his Desk
around 1667

The lively composition of this portrait closely follows a painting by the Flemish master Anthony van Dyck, whose suave style inspired Dutch artists such as Wallerant Vaillant to develop a polished elegance quite different from Rembrandt’s incisive naturalism. The sitter may have seen Vaillant’s mezzotint after Van Dyck’s painting and requested a similar likeness. The dynamic pose suggests a momentary encounter, bringing the figure to life before our eyes.

 
Vaillant, Wallerant (attributed to)
Lille, France 1623–Amsterdam, Netherlands 1677
A Man Rising from his Desk
around 1667
Oil on canvas
overall: 96.5 cm x 78 cm
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2014
57-001.28

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