01 Painting, The amorous game, Quiringh van Brekelenkam's A soldier drinking with a young woman, Part 77 - With Footnotes

Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam
A soldier drinking with a young woman in an inn, c. 1664
Oil on panel
18 by 14¼ in.; 45.7 by 36.2 cm.
Private collection

Quiringh van Brekelenkam was probably trained in Leiden, probably under Gerard Dou (1613–75). He was one of the founders of the Guild of St Luke there in 1648. He continued to be active as a painter, paying his guild fees until 1667. His last known painting, a portrait, is dated 1669.

Brekelenkam’s genre scenes share their subject matter with the Leiden fijnschilders or ‘fine painters’, of whom the most famous is Gerard Dou. His pictures are however more ‘painterly’, without their careful finish. They also refrain from explicit symbolism, and do not idealise their subjects.

In the 1660s Brekelenkam moved up the social scale by beginning to paint images of society ladies receiving letters or at their toilette. Some of these show knowledge of the work of Gerard ter Borch II (1617–81). More on Quiringh van Brekelenkam

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