The Gay Party

Willem Pieterszoon BuytewechCirca. 1610 - 1620

USC Fisher Museum of Art

USC Fisher Museum of Art
Los Angeles, United States

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Rotterdam-born painter, draughtsman, and etcher Willem Pietersz Buytewech the Elder (Dutch, ca. 1585-1625/1627) apprenticed in Haarlem. In 1612 he joined Haarlem's St Luke's guild where he became associated with Frans Hals. Buytewech returned to Rotterdam after he was married.

Working at the beginning of the Dutch Golden Age, Buytewech is considered one of the first Dutch artists to depict fun through group paintings featuring "dandies, fashionable ladies, topers, and lusty wenches." This category of painting is now known as the "Merry Company" (Merry Company, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam).

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  • Title: The Gay Party
  • Creator: Willem Pietersz Buytewech, the elder (Dutch, ca. 1585 – 1625/27)
  • Date Created: Circa. 1610 - 1620
  • Physical Location: USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Gift of the Armand Hammer Foundation, 2002.01
  • Physical Dimensions: 39.4 cm x 53.3 cm (15 1/2 x 21 in.)
  • Subject Keywords: Dutch
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Photography by Brian Forrest
  • Medium: Oil on panel, Oil Paint