Gabriel Metsu

Gabriel Metsu - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667) was an accomplished Dutch genre painter.

Some of his strongest influences were other Leiden painters such as Jan Steen (1626 – 1679), as seen in Metsu’s piece Lazarus. His influences from Rembrandt (1606 – 1669) and collaborator Jan Lievens (1607 – 1674), are seen in his 1653 work, Woman Taken in Adultery. After training in Utrecht, Metsu relocated to Amsterdam in 1657, where he began to paint some of his finest works, considered amongst the best genre pieces of the period. His portraits were often depictions of middle class life, and taken directly from his surroundings, as a poultry holder and living near a vegetable market, a well known example being, Marketplace of Amsterdam. A wealthy merchant, Jan J. Hinlopen, patronized Metsu, who produced some of his best work in portraits of the Hinlopen family.

His works were often considered equal to that of the other great Dutch genre painters, such as his teacher, Gerard Dou, as well as Gerard ter Borch (1617 – 1681) and Pieter de Hooch (1629 – 1684). Metsu’s piece, The Sick Child, implores a rich palette of colors, which is sometimes compared to work of the Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer (1632 – 1675). Metsu’s work is a prime example of the 17th Century’s Dutch Golden Age of painting. He painted a number of genre pieces, still-life works and portraits; many of which are difficult to give an exact date to.

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Lucia Wijbrants (1638-1719)

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Lucia Wijbrants was the second wife of Amsterdam merchant Jan Jacobszoon Hinlopen. 1667.
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The Cat’s Breakfast

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Woman Eating, Known as "The Cat’s Breakfast". A woman of humble origin shares her meal with a cat. In the 17th century it was not unusual to consume herring with bread (and beer!) for breakfast. Due to ageing, the yellow pigment in the stems of the flowers in the vase has disappeared, turning the original green colour blue. c. 1661-1664, Rijksmuseum,...
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The Herring-Seller

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At the door of a house, a young woman with a basket sells fish to an old woman with a walking stick. On the right, a table with an earthenware pot. c. 1661-1662, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Hunter’s Present

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A hunter offers a dead bird to a young woman virtuously occupied with her sewing. Is he trying to seduce her? During the 17th century ‘vogelen’ (literally ‘to bird’) was slang for sexual intercourse. The statuette of Cupid, the god of love, on the cupboard also alludes to this. These kind of ‘hunter’s scenes’ – especially due to their possible double...
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The Old Drinker

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This old man holding a beer tankard looks out at us somewhat drowsily. The tally of the drinks he has consumed is chalked up on the slate behind him. The beer barrel at the left bears the mark of Het Rode Hert (The Red Hart), an Amsterdam brewery on the Prinsengracht. Metsu was living next door to it around 1650. c. 1661-1663, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The Sick Child

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In 1663 the plague raged throughout Amsterdam, killing one in ten citizens. Dating from around this time is Metsu’s poignant portrayal of a sick child, rendered in powerful, bright colours against a grey background. The scene is reminiscent of a pieta, a representation of the Virgin Mary holding her son’s dead body in her lap. The painting of the...
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The visit to the nursery

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1661. Visit to the Nursery, after the birth of Sara Hinlopen (1660).
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