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Vegetable market in Amsterdam

Painting, 1661, 97×84.5 cm

Description of the artwork «Vegetable market in Amsterdam»

"Vegetable market" was written in 1660 – 1661, when Gabriel Metso, who lived in Amsterdam and was at the peak of his career. This lively scene of everyday life is actually a reference to a popular comic play. This explains the presence of the impertinent footman, dressed in red, like a clown costume. This large canvas and soft, almost nostalgic performance of the urban landscape characterize the painting from the Louvre Museum as one of the masterpieces of Metso.

This vegetable market was located on the Prinsengracht, where the artist lived from about 1657 (according to others, 1654). Staying in the house a distant relative, he was able to study carefully the life of this little world. This genre painting he created under the influence of the theater of the time. There is no doubt that depict character types match the characters very popular farce "Het Moortje" (1615) Dutch dramatist Gerbrand Adrianza, Bredero.

The foreground, where the main characters are brightly lit so as to emphasize bright colors – red, green and white, blinging competing with each other. This colorful liveliness contrasts with the muted brown background and a relaxed urban landscape, which is characterized by an ordered rhythm and geometry of the facades.

The composition of this genre scenes, executed in the open air, is quite interesting. On the left side of the picture quarrelsome woman, firmly resting his hands on her hips, hot traded for the vegetables. Nice plump matron stoically ignores her reply, his head turned to the viewer. A humorous reflection of this dialogue are the dog and the cock on the right side of the canvas. The dog and the bird stare at each other, and the precarious situation of wicker baskets makes it clear that the reign of cheerful chaos. In the center, as if insulated from the market noise, unfolds a scene of flirting. Ardent dapper in an elegant suit takes care of a sweet housewife who listens to him warily, though not without interest.

Shining bright hues of the main characters and almost monochrome characters in the background are reminiscent of the Leiden period of the artist, though the painting is dated around 1660 1661 years. This is an exceptional work in the work of Metso, combining the realism of the market life with reference to the theatrical stage. It is a masterpiece in which the artist fully revealed his artistic talent and demonstrated the importance of genre painting.

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Baroque, The Golden age of Holland

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1661

Size: 97×84.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 3 selections

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