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Feyntje Steenkiste

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Year  1635 (1635)
Accession  SK-C-557
Location  Rijksmuseum
Period  Baroque
Medium  Oil on canvas
Artist  Frans Hals
Created  1635
Genre  Portrait
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Catalogue  Hofstede de Groot, Catalog 1910: #166
Dimensions  123 cm × 93 cm (48 in × 37 in)
Similar  Frans Hals artwork, Portraits

Portrait of Feyntje van Steenkiste is a painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals, painted around 1635 and now in the Rijksmuseum. It is considered a pendant to the portrait of Feyntje's husband Lucas de Clercq.

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Life

Feyntje van Steenkiste was born in Haarlem as the daughter of a Mennonite potash merchant and became engaged to Lucas, also a Mennonite potash merchant, on 8 January 1622. Together they had three children, Janneke, Passchina, and Pieter, who joined his father in his business. Feyntje was buried 3 March 1640, and Lucas remarried Adraentje Keijser the same year on 18 September.

Painting

Feyntje's portrait was painted nine years after her marriage to Lucas in 1622, aged 18. Unlike Hals' other wedding portraits of women, she is wearing a sober Mennonite dress without lace wrist collars. Her dress is however made with many buttons and edged with pleats that indicate the expense of the cut. Her millstone collar is noticeable for its extra tightly folded figure-eight loops. She wears her hair covered by a winged diadem cap that is edged with lace trim. She is not wearing any jewelry. Her ensemble is very similar to the portrait of another, unnamed sitter for Hals:

Feyntje's portrait was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1910, who wrote:

"166. FEYNTJE VAN STEENKISTE (born 1604), wife of Lucas de Clercq. M. 25. Three-quarter-length, life size. She stands almost facing the spectator but slightly inclined to the left. She looks at the spectator. At her left is a chair. Her hands, holding her gloves, are clasped in front of her. She wears a white cap, a black dress with a small white ruff, and a little lace on the sleeves. The colouring is similar to that of 165. The hands are painted with exceptional breadth and accuracy [See 165.] Inscribed on the left, " AETAT SVAE 31. ANo 1635."; canvas, 49 inches by 37 inches. See Moes, Iconographia Batava, No. 7550. Engraved by C. E. Taurel. Given by the De Clercq family to the city of Amsterdam, 1891. In the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1907 catalogue, No. 1087 ; exhibited on loan since 1891."

Hofstede de Groot listed it as a pendant of Lucas's portrait, and in 1974 Seymour Slive listed these as pendants and remarked on Nicolaes' unusual relaxed pose leaning over the back of a chair, and that Sara's headress was similar to that of women in the 1630s, including others by Hals.

References

Feyntje Steenkiste Wikipedia


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