Pieter Koets (Zwolle, 1685 - 1761) Self-portrait with pointed hat

Pieter Koets (Zwolle, 1685 - 1761) Self-portrait with pointed hat
Pieter Koets (Zwolle, 1685 - 1761) Self-portrait with pointed hat

The obscure artist Pieter Koets (also referred to as J. Pieter Koets) remains a mystery as nothing specific about his life is known except for his active period between 1717-1743 and being active in Amsterdam ca. 1739-1740 [1] as a painter of portraits. The present fully signed portrait of a man of middle-age wearing a pointed hat in black crayon on blue prepared paper is possibly a self-portrait.

Only a very small number of half-length portrait paintings in oil on canvas, all dated between 1717 and 1740 [2] is known today and works on paper by his hand are exceptionally rare.

 

[1] Pieter A. Scheen, Lexicon Nederlandsche Beeldende Kunstenaars 1750-1950. Kunsthandel Pieter A. Scheen N.V. 's Gravenhage. 1969. p. 622.

[2] Half-length portrait of Arnoldus Gelderman, dated 1723, major of Zwolle and his wife Petronella Unger (pendant). Private-collection. Half-length portrait of Samuel Johannes Gelderman, dated 1732, and his wife Engelina Johanna Kymmell (pendant). Private-collection.

 

 

 


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