Gerard ter Borch: 10 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn (Main View)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'Gerard ter Borch treated the routine chore of milking in a straightforward manner, rejecting the humorous themes often favored by seventeenth-century Dutch genre painters. He was especially skilled at rendering the textures and surfaces of objects like those found in the foreground: the roughly hewn stool, the wooden basin filled with water, the chipped ceramic crock, and the shiny metal hinges of the buckets.'

Horse Stable (about 1654) by Gerard ter BorchThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Gerard ter Borch's paintings are noted for their subtlety of composition, close attention to detail, and delicate color.'

Gallant Conversation, known as 'The Paternal Admonition' (Around 1653 - Around 1655) by Gerard ter BorchRijksmuseum

'Gerard ter Borch rendered this delicate subject matter so subtly that some confusion originated about nature of the work.'

The Suitor's Visit (c. 1658) by Gerard ter Borch the YoungerNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

'The artist who best captured the refinement of the wealthy bourgeoisie in the second half of the century was Gerard ter Borch.'

Portrait of Anthonie Charles de Liedekercke, his wife Willemina van Braeckel and their son Samuel (1650/1659) by Gerard ter BorchFrans Hals Museum

'Ter Borch's subdued and rather melancholy portrait contrasts sharply with the portraits that Verspronck painted.'

Officer Writing a Letter, with a Trumpeter (c. 1658-59) by Gerard ter Borch, Dutch (active Haarlem, London, Amsterdam, Zwolle, and Deventer), 1617 - 1681Philadelphia Museum of Art

'Gerard ter Borch situates the quiet, reflective activity of letter-writing in the traditionally boisterous environment of the guard room.'

A Woman playing a Lute to Two Men (about 1667-8) by Gerard ter BorchThe National Gallery, London

'Here, as in many of ter Borch's pictures, the relationship between the figures is deliberately ambiguous.'

The Music Lesson (about 1668) by Gerard ter BorchThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'Gerard ter Borch always set a mood, creating a subtle psychological interplay between the people in his intimate paintings.'

The Letter (c.1660 - 1665) by Gerard ter BorchRoyal Collection Trust, UK

'He was one of three children, all of whom were trained by their father (also an artist) and pursued artistic careers. Here the boy has much in common with portraits of Gerard's half-brother Moses, while the woman reading the letter may be the artist's step-sister Gesina ter Borch.'

The Music Party (Circa 1675) by Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, b.1617, d.1681)Cincinnati Art Museum

'One of the great masters of seventeenth-century Dutch scenes of everyday life, or "genre painting," Gerard ter Borch created small-scale works characterized by a rich treatment of fabrics and the subtle drama played out by the figures.'

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