See, for example, Frans Hals, René Descartes, ca. 1649, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, on permanent loan from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (NCG inv. 998).
The painting was attributed to Verelst when it was sold by Sotheby’s, New York, 27 January 2007, lot 555.
The second portrait, sold at Sotheby’s, New York, in 1995, was attributed to Verelst by Werner Sumowski. See Sotheby’s, London, Old Master Paintings, sale 5201, 5 April 1995, lot 192. Catalogue notes indicate that Portrait of a Young Man, Head and Shoulders, Wearing a Hat with a Red Feather was formerly attributed to Govaert Flinck (1615–60). In 1983, Sumowski reattributed it to Verelst, dating the portrait to the period when Verelst’s work revealed the strong influence of Rembrandt’s work of the 1630s. See Werner Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler in vier Bänden, 6 vols. (Landau, 1983), 1:83, 97 color repro.
The influence of Rembrandt is evident in the work of a number of artists in Dordrecht in the 1630s and 1640s, including those who are not documented as the master’s students. Two artists from Dordrecht who did study with Rembrandt are Ferdinand Bol (1616–80) and Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627–78). The impact of Rembrandt’s style, however, is also evident in the paintings of Paulus Lesire (1612–54/56) and Benjamin Gerrits Cuyp (1612–52).
G. H. Veth, “Aanteekeningen Omtrent Eenige Dordrechtsche Schilders,” Oud Holland 14, no. 2 (1896): 99–112.
As viewed from the reverse. The characterization of the wood is based on Ian Tyers’s November 2010 dendrochronology report.