About This Artwork

Hals, Frans
Dutch, 1582/83-1666

Portrait of a Lady, 1627

Oil on canvas
34 1/4 x 26 3/8 in. (87 x 67 cm)
Signed and dated AETAT SUAE 33/ANO 1627

Max and Leola Epstein Collection, 1954.287

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

New York, Reinhardt Galleries, Loan Exhibition of Paintings from El Greco and Rembrandt to Cézanne and Matisse, 15 January - 29 January 1927, no. 4.

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450-1900, 1929, no. 348

Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, Seventeenth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters, An Exhibition of Fifty Paintings by Frans Hals, 10 January - 28 February 1935, no. 25.

Chicago, The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, Max Epstein Memorial Exhibition, 3 May - 14 May 1955, no. 7.

Publication History

W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals: des Meisters Gemälde (Klassiker der Kunst) (Stuttgart and Berlin, 1921), pp. 199, ill., 318.

Wilhelm R. Valentiner, Frans Hals: des Meisters Gemälde (Klassiker der Kunst), 2nd, rev. ed. (Berlin and Leipzig, 1923), p. 128, ill., 315.

Old Masters in the Collection of Max Epstein (Chicago, 1928), n. p., ill.

Alfred M. Frankfurter, “Paintings by Frans Hals in the United States,” The Antiquarian 13, 2 (September 1929), pp. 33, ill., p. 90.

Commemorative Catalogue of the Exhibition of Dutch Art Held in the Galleries of the Royal Academy, Burlington House, London, January - March 1929 (London, 1930), p. 52, no. 348.

Franz Dülberg, Frans Hals. Ein Leben und ein Werk (Stuttgart, 1930), p. 117.

W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals Paintings in America (Westport, Connecticut, 1936), pp. 11, no. 43, ill.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 209.

Frederick A. Sweet, “Great Chicago Collectors,” Apollo 84 (1966), p. 203.

Marigene Butler, “Portrait of a Lady by Frans Hals,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Studies 5 (1970), pp. 7-21, figs. 1-9.

C.C. Cunningham, “Note on a Portrait of a Lady by Frans Hals,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Studies 5 (1970), p. 5.

Seymour Slive, Frans Hals (London, 1970-[1974]), vol. 1, p. 185, pl. 77, vol. 3, pp. 32-3, no. 52.

Marigene Butler, “Porträt einer Dame von Frans Hals. Eine erfolgreiche Anwendung mikroskopischer Untersuchungsmethoden an Farbschichten,” Maltechnik/Restauro 78 (1972), pp. 76-91, figs. 1-10.

Claus Grimm, Frans Hals: Entwicklung - Werkanalyse - Gesamtkatalog (Berlin, 1972), pp. 24-5, 78, 200, no. 29, fig. 46 (detail).

Claus Grimm and E. C. Montagni, L’opera completa di Frans Hals (Milan, 1974), p. 93, no. 54, fig. 54.

John D. Morse, Old Master Paintings in North America (New York, 1979), pp. 163-64.

Peter C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986), pp. 49, 51.

Claus Grimm, Frans Hals. Das Gesamtwerk (Stuttgart and Zürich, 1989), pp. 20, 267, 273, figs. 8a, 8b.

Ingeborg Worm, “Frans Hals” in Dictionary of Art, vol. 14 (London, 1996), p. 93.

Erik Larsen, “A Newly Established ‘Portrait of a Woman’ by Frans Hals,” Pantheon 56 (1998), pp. 106-7, fig. 2.

Ownership History

Probably English private collection [W.R. Valentiner stated that it came from an English collection in an expertise dated 16 April 1923 in the curatorial file]; Steinmeyer, Lucerne, by 1921 [see Valentiner 1921]. Henry Reinhardt & Sons, Inc., New York, by 1923 [see letter from Reinhardt to Max Epstein dated 24 April 1923 in curatorial file]; sold to Max Epstein, Chicago, probably in 1923 (died 1954); bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1954.

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