Portrait of the Painter François Gysels

David Bailly Dutch

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A portrait painter and draftsman, Bailly created a number of small drawings with pen and fine brush, among them several depicting artists of his day. Bailly drew François Gysels the Younger, a painter of landscapes and portraits from whom no works are known, with meticulous hatching reminiscent of the line work employed in engraving. The illusionistic rendering represents the portrait of Gysels as the subject of an oval painting, leaning on a ledge against a wall. On the ledge are also tools of the sittter's trade-a compass, pen, palette, maulstick, and sheet of paper.

Portrait of the Painter François Gysels, David Bailly (Dutch, Leiden 1584–1657 Leiden), Pen and black ink and two shades of gray wash over graphite on vellum, framing lines in pen and brown ink

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