Govert Flinck

Girl by a High Chair

676 voorzijde
676 detail signatuur en datering
676 achterzijde
676 ingelijst
676 voorzijde
676 voorzijde

Govert Flinck
Girl by a High Chair

1640 On view in Room 8

A girl aged around three poses next to a high chair. She is beautifully dressed and wearing gold jewellery. Her parents were clearly well off – they could afford to have their daughter’s portrait painted by Govert Flinck, one of Rembrandt’s best pupils.

Lying on the high chair are some sweet treats, made with sugar from Brazil. These connect the luxury world of this young girl to the harsh reality of the people working on the sugar plantations. A reality that often remained invisible in the Dutch Republic and Dutch painting.

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Sugary treats

Lying on the high chair are some sugary treats. But the sugar that these sweets are made from came from Brazil. Almost all the sugar used in the 17th-century Netherlands came from the sugar cane plantations in Brazil. And was produced by enslaved men, women and children. The sugary treat may only be a detail in this portrait, but it connects the luxury world of this girl and her parents to the harsh reality of the people working on the plantations. A reality that often was, and is, invisible.

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Girl by a High Chair

1640 On view in Room 8

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Govert Flinck (Cleves 1615 - 1660 Amsterdam)
Girl by a High Chair
1640
painting
676
Room 8
Material and technical details
oil
canvas
87.1 x 114.3 cm
Inscriptions
op de kinderstoel: G.flinck.f 1640

Provenance

Hendrik Willem Cramer, Amsterdam and Cleves, 1853-1867; Arnoldus Andries des Tombe, The Hague, 1867 (on long-term loan to the Mauritshuis since 1890); bequest of Arnoldus Andries des Tombe, The Hague, 1903