Jacob Adriaensz Backer

Shepherd with Flute (Self-Portrait?)

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Jacob Adriaensz Backer
Shepherd with Flute (Self-Portrait?)

1637 On view in Gallery Prince Willem V

This is a ‘tronie’, or a study of a certain type or character – in this case a shepherd. The man is wrapped in sheepskin and wears a wreath of ivy leaves on his head. He seems to pause his flute playing in order to look at us over his shoulder.

Backer himself may have been the model for the shepherd. He painted very rapidly and let the ochre base show through in places, like in the grey background, for example.

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Jacob Adriaensz Backer
Shepherd with Flute (Self-Portrait?)

1637 On view in Gallery Prince Willem V

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General information
Jacob Adriaensz Backer (Harlingen 1608 - 1651 Amsterdam)
Shepherd with Flute (Self-Portrait?)
1637
painting
1057
Gallery Prince Willem V
Material and technical details
oil
panel
40.8 x 52.2 cm
Inscriptions
linksonder: JAB.
ineen

Provenance

Count Otto Thott and heirs, Gavnø Castle, Denmark, 1785-1976; Robert Noortman Gallery, London and Maastricht; purchased, 1977