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Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park

Gonzales Coques1662

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This portrait was long thought to be a Dutch work. More recently the seemingly Flemish, relaxed and generous painting style had been thought to show the stylistic qualities of the Antwerp genre and portrait painter Gonzales Coques. The figures are presented very prestigiously. They have so far not been identified, but their clothes and the grand atmosphere of the surrounding park suggest that they are members of Antwerp high society. Nevertheless the painter is able to replace refined social distance with individual and natural behaviour and gestures, and lively characterization of the faces. Symbols of faith and love suggest that this is a portrait for a wedding or an engagement.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park
  • Creator: Gonzales Coques (attributed)
  • Date Created: 1662
  • Physical Dimensions: w174.0 x h239.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Style: Flemish
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Irene Geismeier // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Jörg P. Anders
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Gonzales Coques is primarily known as a painter of small cabinet conversation pieces, a type of group portrait characterized for its elegance and informality. In 1626-28 he entered the studio of Pieter Bruegel the Younger and in 1640-41 Antwerp's Guild of St. Luke. He was influenced by Anton van Dyck, which is how he got the nickname 'Little van Dyck'. After long travels abroad he came back to Antwerp and became the favoured portrait artist of Antwerp's bourgeoisie. He mainly painted small-sized images with garden or interior backgrounds.
  • Artist Place of Death: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Artist Place of Birth: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1614/1684-04-18

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