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  • Peasant Woman with a Cat

    Artist:
    Ryckaert, David III. 1612-1661
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    28x34,8 cm

Ryckaert, David III. 1612-1661

Peasant Woman with a Cat

Flanders, 1640s

David Ryckaert III was a follower of the celebrated master of genre painting Adriaen Brouwer. The Hermitage's pair of paintings by Ryckaert owe both their subject and their composition to works by Brouwer: Peasant Woman with a Cat to Brouwer's Woman with a Cat. In the Hermitage painting Ryckaert added amusing details: the old woman is feeding porridge on a spoon to the cat that is wrapped in a blanket like an infant. The painting Peasant with a Dog derives from Brouwer's work Good Friends, which also depicts a peasant with a dog. In Ryckaert's canvas, however, the subject is expanded with the motif of training the animal: the elderly man is holding the little dog by the paw and giving it the command "Sit!". David Ryckaert III's genre scenes have at the same time a hidden metaphorical meaning. The painting of Peasant with a Dog can be interpreted as an "allegory of the sense of touch" and its companion piece as an "allegory of taste".

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Peasant Woman with a Cat

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

28x34,8 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1769; purchased as a part of the Count Heinrich Bruhl collection in Dresden

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-653

Comment:

Pair to the painting "Peasant with a Dog"

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