The Utrecht painter Van Honthorst lived for a while in Rome, where he was influenced by the work of Caravaggio. He caused a sensation with his night paintings, which gave him the nickname ‘Gherardo delle Notti’, Gerrit of the Nights. But he also made cheerful figure paintings, such as this enticing young woman.
Van Honthorst was one of the Utrecht Caravaggists, and his modern, dramatic style had a great influence on Dutch painting. When he became court painter to stadholder Frederik Hendrik, his style became gradually daintier.
Gerrit van Honthorst (Utrecht 1592 - 1656 Utrecht)
The Violin Player
On view in
Material and technical details
66.1 x 84.5 cm
Signed and dated
rechtsboven: GHonthorst. fe. i626
Possibly sale Jacques Langlier, Paris, 17 March 1812 (Lugt 8134), no. 84 (32 francs; without pendant); possibly sale Jules Porgès, Paris, 17/18 June 1924, no. 68 (with pendant no. 67); P. Tiocca, Paris, 1936; Lionel Hauser, Paris; sale London (Sotheby’s), 23 June 1937, no. 53a (for 240 pounds to Duval, with pendant no. 53b); Michel van Gelder, Uccle; by inheritance to W. van Gelder, Brussels, 1963; sale London (Phillips), 7 December 1993, no. 79 (with pendant no. 80); Bob Haboldt Gallery, Paris and New York, 1993-1995; gift of the Onderlinge Levensverzekering-Maatschappij '’s-Gravenhage’, The Hague, 1995