• Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam

    Artist:
    Helst, Bartholomeus van der. 1613-1670
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    201x220 cm

Helst, Bartholomeus van der. 1613-1670

Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam

Holland, 1666

Helst’s works seem to combine hundreds of paintings by Dutch artists with all their discoveries, achievements and charm. The celebrated, wealthy and respected artist vied for fame with Rembrandt himself, who was also working in Amsterdam at the same time. Helst’s portraits were compared to those of Van Dyck, while his treatment of colour had an influence on Frans Hals. Still, the images that Helst produced lack subtlety in their psychological characterization and his still lifes are short on refinement. The Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam, painted late in the artist’s career, can be attributed to three genres at once. It is a scene of daily life with the colourful figure of an elderly market woman pushing a wheelbarrow full of vegetables and children blowing up a pig’s bladder. It is also an urban landscape with the market square in the depths and a whole forest of ships’ masts behind. Finally, it is a still life with a highly realistically painted gutted pig carcass and a sort of “bouquet” of garden produce that delights the eye with its fresh colours. All three aspect of the work are typical for the intimate paintings of the Small Dutch Masters, but the imposing size of the canvas indicates that this artist had gone beyond the bounds of domestic compositions and was trying his hand at monumental tasks – the adornment of public buildings or large mansions.

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Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam

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oil

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201x220 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1764; acquired from the J.E. Gotzkowsky collection in Berlin

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-867

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