Harlingen 1608 - 1651 Amsterdam
Canvas, 96.9 x 75.2 cm
Painted circa 1645
Signed with Monogram: JAB (bottom left)
Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, The Hague
This exquisite portrait of Geertruida Hasselaer (1624-1696) has been signed in Jacob Backer’s customary manner with the monogram JAB. Both the painter and the provenance of this work are beyond doubt.
The artist uses a sparkling colourism in which primary colours are given free rein. Using broad vigorous brushstrokes and a thick impasto Backer has beautifully captured the lustre and texture of the glowing material.