Johannes Verspronck

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Johannes Verspronck (born between 1600 and 1603 – buried 30 June 1662) was a Dutch Golden Age portraitist.

Johannes Cornelisz Verspronck of Haarlem was probably apprenticed to his father, portraitist Cornelis Engelsz Versprongh, and possibly also to Frans Hals, of the same city. Hals’s influence on his manner of painting is certainly evident in Verspronck’s work. In 1632, he joined Haarlem’s St Luke’s guild. Verspronck developed a sober, restrained style of portraiture. He lived for many years with his parents and remained a rather isolated figure in Haarlem’s art circles.

Apart from a single still life and various genre paintings, most of Verspronck’s works are portraits. He was particularly productive in the years 1640 to 1643, when he made two group portraits and over twenty individual portraits. In all, he painted around a hundred portraits.

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Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue

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Why is this portrait so popular? Because it depicts an adorable child dressed in her Sunday best? As was the custom of the day, the young girl is portrayed as a small adult lady. That she is playing a role is betrayed only by her facial expression. Unfortunately, we know nothing about her identity or her family. Perhaps she resided in Haarlem, like the...
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Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a young man. Standing, half body, arms folded on the chest. On the head a black hat with a wide brim. 1646, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Portrait of Eduard Wallis

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Johannes Verspronck and Frans Hals were active as portraitists in Haarlem around the same time. Yet it is difficult to imagine greater differences between their styles: Verspronck painted smoothly and precisely and lavished attention on detail. Hals’s handling is much sketchier, and his rendering of details much more summary. The wealthy cloth merchant...
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Portrait of Maria van Strijp

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Verspronck painted not only Maria van Strijp and her husband, but also her mother and her brother-in-law. He usually portrayed his patrons standing. In this case, however, Maria sits sideways on a chair with its back to the viewer. He borrowed this playful device from portraits by Frans Hals. 1652, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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