Portraits of Young Ladies – One Wearing a Pink Dress, the Other a Yellow Dress

Isaac De Colonia
(1611 – 1663) Flemish
Title Portraits of Young Ladies – One Wearing a Pink Dress, the Other a Yellow Dress
Category Recently Sold
Medium & Size Oil on canvas 27.75 x 23.25 in. Framed 35.50 x 31 in
Price Band £10,000 - £20,000
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Biography

Isaac was born into a family of artists. His father was Adam Louisz Colonia an eminent portraitist in Rotterdam and Isaac’s son Adam II became a landscape and figure scene painter.

He seems to have dabbled as an art dealer too, for when he died there were over 80 paintings of various sizes and subjects recorded in his house at the time of his death, but not as his own work.

He was clearly very active in the Painters Guild’s in the Netherlands and knew a number of the eminent painters of the day, well enough to name them as beneficiaries in his will. These included Adrian Van de Venne; Jacques Bellevois; Jacob Verboom; and Abraham Hondius.

He also had a family of 9 children.

Isaac’s work is extremely rare and he died in Rotterdam in 1663. 

Bibl: Benezit 

The sitters of these two beautiful portraits are almost certainly daughters of a wealthy Rotterdam merchant.They may have been portraits commissioned to find suitors for them as they are in the colourful clothing associated with single women at that period.

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