Gabriel Metsu

Gabriel Metsu

Self-Portrait, 1657

Years of life: 1682 – 1749
Artist's Teachers: Gerrit Dou, Nikolaus Knüpfer
Artist's students: Michiel van Musscher, Adrian Isaac
Art Movement: Baroque, Dutch Golden Age
Painting School: Dutch School, Leiden School
Genre: Still-life , Genre scenes , Portrait , Religious
Country: Netherlands
Century: XVII

The artist achieved great mastery of the courtyard scenes. His paintings depict scenes of the well-ordered life of the Dutch households. Many of the details are symbolic; if there is lettering or a document, it is meant to be read as part of the meaning of the picture.

Note that the artist loves dark interiors rooms with closed windows and curtains or dark corners.

Gabriel Metsu’s major works are The Prodigal Son, 1640s (St. Petersburg: Hermitage Museum); A Soldier Visiting a Young Lady, 1653 (Paris: Musée du Louvre); A Dead Cock, c. 1655–59 (Madrid: Museo del Prado).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Old Woman Meditating

    1660 - 1662

    Old Woman Meditating  •  1660 - 1662

  • Woman Eating, Known as The Cat's Breakfast

    1662 - 1665

    Woman Eating, Known as The Cat's Breakfast  •  1662 - 1665

  • A Young Woman Composing Music

    1662 - 1663

    A Young Woman Composing Music   •  1662 - 1663

  • The Armorer

    1650 - 1660

    The Armorer  •  1650 - 1660

  • The Sick Child

    1660

    The Sick Child  •  1660

  • The Old Drinker

    1657 - 1658

    The Old Drinker  •  1657 - 1658

  • A Baker Blowing his Horn

    1660

    A Baker Blowing his Horn  •  1660

  • Man Writing a Letter

    1665

    Man Writing a Letter  •  1665

  • Woman Reading a Letter

    1665

    Woman Reading a Letter  •  1665

  • Christ on the Cross

    1664

    Christ on the Cross  •  1664

  • Woman at her Toilette

    1656

    Woman at her Toilette  •  1656

  • Head of a Black Woman

    1667

    Head of a Black Woman  •  1667

  • Woman Cleaning a Fish, with a Cat

    1650

    Woman Cleaning a Fish, with a Cat  •  1650

  • Young Woman at a Window

    1660s

    Young Woman at a Window  •  1660s

  • Young Woman Seated in an Interior, Reading a Letter

    1659

    Young Woman Seated in an Interior, Reading a Letter  •  1659

  • Two Men with a Sleeping Woman

    1653

    Two Men with a Sleeping Woman  •  1653

  • A Young Lady Drawing

    1655-1660

    A Young Lady Drawing  •  1655-1660

  • Hunter Getting Dressed after Bathing

    1654–1656

    Hunter Getting Dressed after Bathing  •  1654–1656

  • The Alms

    1658

    The Alms   •  1658

  • Breakfast

    1660

    Breakfast  •  1660

  • A Girl Receiving a Letter

    1658

    A Girl Receiving a Letter   •  1658

  • A Musical Party

    1659

    A Musical Party  •  1659

  • A Boy Stealing and Apple from a Sleeping Woman

    1662

    A Boy Stealing and Apple from a Sleeping Woman  •  1662

  • A Kitchenmaid preparing Carrots

    1657

    A Kitchenmaid preparing Carrots  •  1657

  • Lovers at Breakfast

    1661

    Lovers at Breakfast  •  1661

  • The herring merchant

    between 1661 and 1662

    The herring merchant  •  between 1661 and 1662

  • The Hunter’s Present

    between 1658 and 1661

    The Hunter’s Present  •  between 1658 and 1661

  • A Young Woman Asleep

    1656

    A Young Woman Asleep   •  1656

  • The Duet or Le Corset Bleu

    1661

    The Duet or Le Corset Bleu   •  1661

  • A Lady at Her Toilet

    1648 – 1667

    A Lady at Her Toilet   •  1648 – 1667

  • A Young Lady at Breakfast

    1665

    A Young Lady at Breakfast  •  1665

  • Woman at the virginal

    1662

    Woman at the virginal   •  1662

  • The Kitchenmaid

    1656

    The Kitchenmaid   •  1656

  • The Cook

    between 1657 and 1667

    The Cook   •  between 1657 and 1667

  • Lady, feeding her little dog

    1660

    Lady, feeding her little dog   •  1660

  • Lady at a Virginal

    between 1660 and 1667

    Lady at a Virginal   •  between 1660 and 1667

  • A Lady with a Dog (Le Corset Rouge)

    1663

    A Lady with a Dog (Le Corset Rouge)   •  1663

  • Lot and his daughters

    1655

    Lot and his daughters   •  1655

  • The Smoker at the Fireside

    1657

    The Smoker at the Fireside   •  1657

  • Noli me tangere

    1667

    Noli me tangere  •  1667

  • Old Woman Eating Porridge

    1656

    Old Woman Eating Porridge   •  1656

  • Playing cards

    between 1650 and 1675

    Playing cards  •  between 1650 and 1675

  • Portrait of a Woman Artist at her Easel

    1660

    Portrait of a Woman Artist at her Easel  •  1660

  • Portrait of a Forty-Year-Old Woman, possibly Marretje Cornelisdr. van Grotewal

    1658

    Portrait of a Forty-Year-Old Woman, possibly Marretje Cornelisdr. van Grotewal  •  1658

  • A Self-Portrait

    1657

    A Self-Portrait  •  1657

  • The Cello Player

    1658

    The Cello Player  •  1658

  • The Lacemaker

    between 1629 and 1667

    The Lacemaker  •  between 1629 and 1667

  • The Note

    The Note

  • The Pancake Baker with a Boy

    between 1655 and 1658

    The Pancake Baker with a Boy  •  between 1655 and 1658

  • The Old Smoker

    1656

    The Old Smoker   •  1656

  • The Triumph of Justice

    between 1655 and 1660

    The Triumph of Justice   •  between 1655 and 1660

  • The Music Lesson

    between 1659 and 1662

    The Music Lesson   •  between 1659 and 1662

  • An Old Woman Cooking Pancakes

    between 1653 and 1658

    An Old Woman Cooking Pancakes   •  between 1653 and 1658

  • Woman in Agony (the Death of Sophonisba)

    1660s

    Woman in Agony (the Death of Sophonisba)  •  1660s

  • The Poultry Seller

    1662

    The Poultry Seller   •  1662

  • A Woman Seated at a Window

    1661

    A Woman Seated at a Window  •  1661

  • The Apothecary

    between 1650 and 1675

    The Apothecary   •  between 1650 and 1675

  • The Hunter and a Woman

    The Hunter and a Woman

  • Doctor's Visit

    between 1660 and 1667

    Doctor's Visit  •  between 1660 and 1667

  • The Sleeping Sportsman

    between 1657 and 1659

    The Sleeping Sportsman   •  between 1657 and 1659

  • The Vegetable Market in Amsterdam

    between 1660 and 1661

    The Vegetable Market in Amsterdam   •  between 1660 and 1661

  • Girl at the Mirror

    1662

    Girl at the Mirror   •  1662

  • A Woman at Her Mirror

    1656

    A Woman at Her Mirror   •  1656

  • Man and Woman Sitting at the Virginal

    between 1658 and 1660

    Man and Woman Sitting at the Virginal   •  between 1658 and 1660

  • An Old Woman Selling Fish

    1660

    An Old Woman Selling Fish   •  1660

  • An Old Woman with a Book

    1660

    An Old Woman with a Book   •  1660

  • Girl Peeling Apples

    1660s

    Girl Peeling Apples   •  1660s

  • The Letter-Writer Surprised

    1662

    The Letter-Writer Surprised   •  1662

  • The Poultry Woman

    1662

    The Poultry Woman  •  1662

  • Dead Cock

    1659 — 1660

    Dead Cock  •  1659 — 1660

  • Woman cleaning fish

    1658

    Woman cleaning fish   •  1658

  • An Old Woman at Her Meal in an Interior

    1657

    An Old Woman at Her Meal in an Interior   •  1657

  • A Young Woman Pouring Beer and a Young Man Smoking

    1657

    A Young Woman Pouring Beer and a Young Man Smoking   •  1657

  • A Woman Selling Game from a Stall

    1654

    A Woman Selling Game from a Stall   •  1654

  • Man visiting Woman washing her hands

    between 1662 and 1664

    Man visiting Woman washing her hands  •  between 1662 and 1664

  • As the old sing, so pipe the young

    1656

    As the old sing, so pipe the young   •  1656

  • Man and woman having a meal

    between 1650 and 1660

    Man and woman having a meal  •  between 1650 and 1660

  • Man writing a letter

    1664-1666

    Man writing a letter   •  1664-1666

  • An old man holding a pipe and a jug (Smoker)

    1662

    An old man holding a pipe and a jug (Smoker)   •  1662

  • Portrait of Jan Jacobsz. Hinlopen and His Family

    1675

    Portrait of Jan Jacobsz. Hinlopen and His Family   •  1675

  • Twelfth Night

    1654

    Twelfth Night   •  1654

  • Woman washing textiles in a tub

    from 1600 until 1650 / 1656

    Woman washing textiles in a tub   •  from 1600 until 1650 / 1656

  • The herring seller

    1660

    The herring seller  •  1660

  • Interior with a Lady at a Spinet and a Gentleman Offering Her a Glass of Wine

    1666

    Interior with a Lady at a Spinet and a Gentleman Offering Her a Glass of Wine   •  1666

  • Self-portrait

    1658

    Self-portrait   •  1658

  • The Tête-à-Tête: A Lady Playing a Lute, and a Cavalier

    1665

    The Tête-à-Tête: A Lady Playing a Lute, and a Cavalier  •  1665

  • The Dismissal of Hagar

    1653-1654

    The Dismissal of Hagar  •  1653-1654

  • The visit to the nursery

    1661

    The visit to the nursery  •  1661

  • Woman feeding a cat

    between 1661 and 1664

    Woman feeding a cat  •  between 1661 and 1664

  • Prodigal Son

    1649

    Prodigal Son  •  1649

  • Woman offering a glass of wine to a man

    1659

    Woman offering a glass of wine to a man  •  1659

  • Woman reading a book by a window

    1667

    Woman reading a book by a window  •  1667

  • Woman Reading a Letter

    1665

    Woman Reading a Letter  •  1665

  • The Interior of a Smithy

    1657

    The Interior of a Smithy  •  1657

  • Young Couple at Breakfast

    1667

    Young Couple at Breakfast  •  1667

  • A Card Game

    late 1650s

    A Card Game   •  late 1650s

  • Portrait of Lucia Wijbrants (1638-1719)

    1667

    Portrait of Lucia Wijbrants (1638-1719)   •  1667

  • The Huntsman

    1661

    The Huntsman  •  1661

  • The Intruder

    1661

    The Intruder  •  1661

  • Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith’s Shop

    Weeping Woman in a Blacksmith’s Shop

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