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Anthony van Dyck, Gerardus Segers (Gérard Seghers), c. 1680-1690

Artist: Anthony van Dyck (1599 - 1641)
Title:Gerardus Segers (Gérard Seghers), c. 1680-1690
Medium:Original Engraving
Image:9 1/2 in x 7 in (24.1 cm x 17.8 cm)
Sheet:9 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in (24.8 cm x 18.4 cm)
Framed:23 in x 19 3/4 in (58.4 cm x 50.2 cm)
Edition:A Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved by Paulus Pontius (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641); printed on a fine paper with the Arms of Amsterdam with Letters WHC watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 222) dating the piece to c. 1680-1690.
Signature:Signed in the plate 'Ant. van Dyck pinxcit', in the lower left; also signed "Paul. du Pont fculp." in the lower left.
Condition:This work is in very good condition.
ID #w-3668
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Historical Description

A wonderfully detailed and charismatic portrait, this exquisite work illustrates the technical mastery and artistic vision of Van Dyck. Gérard Segher's stately yet approachable expression reflects Van Dyck's refined ability to comfort and relax his subjects, resulting in a realistic and acute portrait. Gerard Seghers was a Flemish Baroque Painter and one of the leading Caravaggisti in the Southern Netherlands. He was very talented and, at the young age of 17, became a master in the Guild of St. Luke. He traveled around Italy in 1613, where he came under the influence of Caravaggio's followers. His style then became characterized by half-length figures illuminated by strong lighting and dramatic chiaroscuro. Perhaps hinting at Segher's strong use of chiaroscuro, Van Dyck here depicts Seghers in a two-toned garb that strongly contrasts white with black. Seghers poses to the side, standing nobly with his head held high and his hand gently resting at his side.

This portrait is a Mauquoy-Hendrickx State VI (of VI), engraved by Paulus Pontius (Antwerp, 1603 - Antwerp, 1658) in collaboration with Anthony van Dyck (Antwerp, 1559 - London, 1641) as part of his Iconographie series of engraved portraits of famous people at the time. The plate has been marked in the lower left of the plate "Ant. van Dyck pinxcit," and beneath that "Paul. du Pont fculp" and in the lower right of the plate "Cum privilegio." Beneath the engraved portrait is the inscription: GERARDVS SEGERS | ANTVERP. HVMANARVM FIGVRARVM MAIORVM PICTOR | AVLICVS SEREN. MI PRINCI FERDINANDI AVSTRIACI HISP.RVM INFANT | S.R.E. CARD. BELGARVM GVBERNATORIES ETC. This piece is printed on a fine paper with the Arms of Amsterdam with Letters WHC watermark (Mauquoy-Hendrickx no. 222) dating the piece to c. 1680-1690.


DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:

1) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne I. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Listed as catalogue no. 65 on pg. 143-144.

2) Mauquoy-Hendrickx. L'Iconographie d'Antoine Van Dyck: Catalogue Raisonne II. Bruxelles: Bibliotheque Royale Albert I, 1991. Illustrated as catalogue no. 65 on pg. 42.

3) A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
Framed to archival museum grade conservation standards, this piece is framed in a complementary moulding with silk mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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