Gerrit Dou was one of the most highly esteemed Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, celebrated for the illusionistic images he created with his fine and delicate technique. Rembrandt's first pupil, Dou was lauded at an early age by his contemporaries as a model for other painters. His works, sought by collectors throughout Europe, fetched extremely high prices well into the eighteenth century. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, Dou's reputation had fallen into eclipse, and the works of a master whose fame had once equaled that of Rembrandt appeared only rarely, if at all, in exhibitions of Dutch art. In the last thirty years scholars have begun to reevaluate the artistic achievement of Gerrit Dou. This book, which accompanies the first international exhibition devoted exclusively to Dou's works, provides an extraordinary opportunity to reassess the artist's achievements.
The fortunes of Dou's artistic reputation are the subject of the first essay; the texts that follow examine Dou's life, subject matter, and painting technique. The catalogue assembles thirty-five of Dou's paintings, from the artist's early works, which show the unmistakable influence of Rembrandt, to the late paintings, whose style and subject matter, in turn, influenced generations of Dutch, English, and French artists. Full catalogue entries trace the provenance and exhibition history of each painting and analyze the style and themes of these exquisite works.
|Publisher:||National Gallery of Art|
|Product dimensions:||7.96(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.67(d)|
Table of Contents
|Lenders to the Exhibition||10|
|The Life and Art of Gerrit Dou||26|
|Dou's Painting Technique||54|