Eglon van der Neer

Young woman with a letter and two servants in a distinguished interior, ca. 1672-1674
Private collection
Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
rectangle (portrait format) 79,4 x 65,6 cm
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Current attribution
Eglon van der Neer
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1672-1674 (1672 - 1674)
Schavemakers 2010
Artistically related
Artistically related to other work
Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
  • inspired by
    Gerard ter Borch (II), Interieur met een bode die een brief aanreikt aan een jonge vrouw
    Van der Neer adopted the subject of a woman having just received a letter and in the company of her maid servant, the use of full-length figures, the frontal lighting and the motif of the maid placing the ewer and salver on a table. In both works a third figure is depicted (Ter Borch a messenger; Van der Neer a servant) (Schavemaker 2009, p. 383).

  • inspired by
    Gabriel Metsu, Jonge vrouw aan haar toilet met een page
    Van der Neer repeated the general compositon and the arrangement of the figures as well as motifs such as the dressing table, the mirror, the white satin costume and the servant holding a salver and ewer (as observed by E. Schavemaker).

  • inspired by
    Frans van Mieris (I), Vrouw staande voor een spiegel
    Van der Neer adopted the subject of a woman standing by a table with an Oriental rug, the pose of the woman, turned to the left, and the figure behind the table looking up towards the protagonist. In both paintings a letter is depicted, as well as an African servant, and there is a similar color scheme with an emphasis on red and white colors. Both interiors are dimly lit and have a view into another room in the right background (Naumann 1981, vol. 1, p. 69).

  • used as model for
    Er zijn drie anonieme kopieën bekend (Schavemaker 2010, nrs. 60.I-60.III)

  • inspired by
    Gerard ter Borch (II), Vrouw leest een brief
    Van der Neer adopted the main motif of an elegant standing woman dressed in satin holding a letter, the number of figures, the use of full-length figures, the frontal illumination and the motif of a servant placing a salver and ewer on the table (as observed by E. Schavemaker).

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Creation date: 2014-04-25; Last modified date: 2018-03-07


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