Portrait of a Man

Johannes Verspronck Dutch

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Like his contemporary Paulus Verschuur in the adjacent portrait by Hals, this man sports a wide-brimmed black hat, lace collar and cuffs, and a crumpled leather glove. But even working with these shared elements of respectable Dutch attire, Verspronck took an individual approach, favoring a far smoother, more illusionistic application of paint than Hals, his main rival for portrait commissions in Haarlem. Over the course of the seventeenth century, tastes largely shifted away from rough and painterly styles and toward the smoother approach of artists like Verspronck.

Portrait of a Man, Johannes Verspronck (Dutch, Haarlem, born ca. 1601–3, died 1662 Haarlem), Oil on canvas

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