Gerard ter Borch

Self-Portrait

177 achterzijde
177 ingelijst
177 voorzijde
177 voorzijde

Gerard ter Borch
Self-Portrait

1668 Not on view

Ter Borch portrays himself here as a distinguished gentleman of the regent class. He wears lavish clothing with striking ribboned shoes, a lace ruffle and long wig. The painter was a member of Deventer’s town council and seems to want to demonstrate his social success with this full-length portrait. A portrait like this was unconventional for burghers, but Ter Borch made it his trademark.

Ter Borch also painted his wife Geertruyd Mathijssen. Their portraits probably hung next to each other as pendants in the family circle, in remembrance of the couple. They were later sold and Geertruyd’s portrait has been lost – hopefully one day we will find her again.

Technical details
177 voorzijde

Gerard ter Borch
Self-Portrait

1668 Not on view

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Details

General information
Gerard ter Borch (Zwolle 1617 - 1681 Deventer)
Self-Portrait
1668
painting
177
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
43.7 x 62.7 cm

Provenance

Herman Aarentz, Amsterdam, 1770; Johan van der Marck and heirs, Amsterdam, 1770-1773; sale P.F. Tiberghien, Brussels, 22 May 1827, lot 308; purchased, 1827