Gerard ter Borch

The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'

176 detail signatuur en datering
176 achterzijde
176 ingelijst
176 voorzijde
176 voorzijde

Gerard ter Borch
The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'

1653 Visible à Salle 15

Ter Borch became famous for his intimate scenes of people engrossed in what they are doing, often unaware of our presence. He also had an exceptional talent for depicting different materials, like the gleaming satin of the girl’s dress.

Here, we see a soldier receiving a letter from a messenger. It’s easy to imagine that the letter is a call to the front, away from the girl who leans against him so lovingly.

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176 voorzijde

Gerard ter Borch
The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'

1653 Visible à Salle 15

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Détails

Informations générales
Gerard ter Borch (Zwolle 1617 - 1681 Deventer)
The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'
1653
painting
176
Salle 15
Détails des matériaux et techniques
oil
panel
59.3 x 66.9 cm
Inscriptions
links, op een steen: GTB / 1653
GTB ineen

Origine

Possibly identical with a painting in the sale of Petronella de la Court, widow of Adam Oortmans, Amsterdam, 19 October 1707 (Lugt 207), no. 31 (‘Een Trompetter by een Krygsoverste, van Gerard ter Burg’; 92 guilders); Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 31; the entire collection van Slingelandt sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822