Caspar Netscher was a master at depicting fabrics and materials. He painted all the frills, ribbons, feathers and curls in great details. The shiny soap bubbles in this little painting are remarkable.

A child blowing bubbles symbolised the transience of life. Soon, our lives will burst like a bubble. This message is made even more painful by the fact that the child in the painting is such a lively little chap.


  • Title: A Boy Blowing Bubbles
  • Creator: Netscher, Caspar
  • Date Created: 1670
  • Provenance: On loan from Rob and Ellen Vellekoop, since 2011
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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