Oil on canvas
Beautiful old frame with inverted profile and guilloche molding
Total dimensions : 77 x 68 cm with the frame. The stretcher : 54 x 44 cm
The subject of this charming painting, very fashionable in the United Provinces in the 17th century, represents an intimate, serene, "bourgeois" interior, in which the characters, as if surprised by the painter, are busy with their activities.
In our painting, two friendly couples are gathered in a room that at that time served as a bedroom (four-poster bed) and dining room.
The young black servant is filling glasses of wine from a luxurious brassware refreshment stand. A basket of fruit is placed on a table draped with a piece of cloth, we have a beautiful still life!
This interior is opulent and nicely decorated with hangings and paintings on the wall.
The clothes of the figures are delicately painted and the textures are enhanced by the harmony of the light that enters the room through the window.
Caspar Netscher, (1639, Heidelberg or Prague - January 15, 1684, The Hague) was an important painter of the golden age of Dutch art in the 17th century, the historical moment that determined a considerable progress in the sciences, art and economy of the Netherlands.
He was famous as a portraitist in the same way as the great Dutch portrait painters, such as Willem Drost (1633 - 1659), Caesar van Everdingen (1616 - 1678), Govert Flinck (1615 - 1660), Frans Hals (1580 - 1666), and Nicolaes Maes (1634 - 1693). He was also appreciated for his genre paintings of scenes of everyday life.
He apprenticed first with the painter Hendrick Coster in Arnhem and then with the Dutch artist Gerard ter Borch (1617 - 1681) in Deventer. He was his best pupil for four years, but then, like many of his contemporaries, he wanted to go to Italy to study the great masters of Italian painting. However, he didn't arrive in Italy, he stopped in Bordeaux, France, where he worked as a painter and got married. He moved to The Hague where, in 1662, he found a generous patron: the English king William III of Orange (1650-1681).
His early works are influenced by his master Ter Borch, but in the art of portraiture he proved to be a truly excellent and original painter. Thanks to his reputation he obtained important commissions from William III and the English court. He painted the portrait of Charles II, but he also painted biblical and mythological subjects for the German aristocracy. Among the paintings of this period, we should mention The Lacemaker and The
The Lacemaker and The Cook (in the Uffizi) and all the portraits of the English and Dutch nobility.
He was the father of twelve children, two of whom followed in his father's footsteps by becoming painters: Theodorus (1661-1732) and Constantyn (1668-1722). Netscher's works can be admired in several private and public collections, in museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Colonna Gallery in Rome, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Louvre in Paris, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Very nice original condition.