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  • Shepherdess

    Artist:
    Siberechts, Jan. 1627-1703
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    103,5x77,5 cm

Siberechts, Jan. 1627-1703

Shepherdess

Flanders, 1666

This painting was done during the artist?s sojourn in Antwerp in 1666 following his return from Italy and before his departure for England. At this time Siberechts painted his best pieces. The canvas Shepherdess belongs to a group of works in which Siberechts uses a synthesis of landscape and genre painting. The artist depicts the calm of midday in summer, when nature tends to come to a halt, and when man literally becomes part of nature. We do not immediately notice a peasant girl seated under the tree and distracted with the prosaic task of catching lice on her clothing. The tones of her apparel - the blue skirt, white apron and red blouse with white collar - stand out against the background of green grass and leaves but do not violate the harmony of the silvery-green colour range of the entire canvas. Here, as in many other works he did in the second half of the 1660s, the artist achieves astonishing precision in his depiction of persons and objects in the foreground. Round jugs were one of his preferred motifs and he painted them with such an illusion of volume that they are almost tangible. These jugs appear in his works of this period in endless variations. The shepherdess is also one of the frequently encountered personages in the Antwerp works of Jan Siberechts.

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Shepherdess

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oil

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103,5x77,5 cm

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ГЭ-6240

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