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Robert C. NOORTMAN - Oil on canvas and oil on panel-Robert C. NOORTMAN

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QUIRINGH VAN BREKELENKAM (Zwammerdam near Leiden 1622 - Leiden 1668)

A Family in a Kitchen Interior
Oil on panel: 40 x 51 cm/ 15 3/4 x 20 1/8 inches

Signed with monogram and dated 1660 on the barrel
A lady, just returned from her grocery tour, judging from the metal bucket filled with carrots at her arm, sits in a kitchen interior. She seems to tell her maid a story she witnessed while outdoors. While listening, the maid continues doing the dishes. The lady on the left must be the master of the house for she wears costly attire: a fur-trimmed jacket and a red skirt bordered with silver brocade. The child quietly observes the beholder of the picture and so makes us part of the scene. In seventeenth-century Holland, until a certain age, boys, just like girls, wore skirts. In order to determine the gender of the child, one has to look at the type of collar and the hairdo. This child most probably is a boy. Brekelenkam introduced some ?bywerk? (additional details) such as the dog adorned with black and red ribbons and small bells. The plain but effective still life composed of kitchen utensils on the lower right, allowed the artist to really show off his talent, rendering all kinds of different materials.

J. G. Cramer sale, Amsterdam 13 November 1769, no. 15
Sale Adolf Schuster et al., Cologne (Lempertz/ Heberle), 14/15 November 1892, no. 20, ill. Sale, London (Sotheby?s), 8 April 1981, no. 136, ill.
Private collection, Belgium

A. Lasius, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Doornspijk 1992, no. B28, p. 153

Artist biography:
Brekelenkam was probably trained by Gerrit Dou in Leiden. In 1648 he enrolled in the newly founded Painter?s Guild of that city. That same year, he married Marie Jans Charle, and in 1656 he married Elisabeth van Beaumont. As far as is known, he spent his whole productive life in Leiden, concentrating on painting genre pieces and portraits. His last dated picture is of 1668. It is not clear when the artist died, possibly in 1668 or some years later, when Leiden suffered a Plague epidemic.

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  • Origin : NETHERLANDS

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