• Glass of Lemonade

    Artist:
    Borch, Gerard ter. 1617-1681
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    67,2x54 cm

Borch, Gerard ter. 1617-1681

Glass of Lemonade

Holland, 1660s

In Gerard ter Borch’s oeuvre a masterly command of painting combines with psychological subtlety in the treatment of the subject. After marrying the daughter of an aristocrat, the artist gained access to the highest echelons of society. In his works he splendidly presented a picture of life, stories from the everyday existence of the wealthy bourgeoisie that was already becoming close to the aristocracy. This painter travelled extensively in Europe and in his works we can find traces of the influence of Van Dyck, Titian and the great Spanish painter Velazquez. In The Glass of Lemonade our attention is caught by the eloquent dialogue of looks and touches that is taking place between the young woman and the admirer who is offering her a drink. Still it is difficult at first sight to know what to make of this little scene. Most probably it is a variant on a subject popular with the Small Dutch Masters – a visit to a procuress. But who is seducing whom here? Perhaps the young man is in league with the old woman? Or is the girl only feigning innocence, skilfully luring the callow youth into her clutches? Terborch was fond of such ambiguities and they give his works a special charm. Of the six paintings in the Hermitage that this artist produced at various times in his career, The Glass of Lemonade is the most famous.

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Glass of Lemonade

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oil

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67,2x54 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1814; formerly in the collection of Josephine de Beauharnais in the Castle of Malmaison near Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-881

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