Sunday Masterpiece: ter Borch


Gerard ter Borch
The Introduction
Oil, 30 x 27 inches


As a follow-on to yesterday's post about the Gardner Museum, I wanted to feature a piece by ter Borch today. One of my favorite paintings at the Gardner is actually a small ter Borch, but I couldn't find an online image. This one will have to do (it's actually much better than the Gardner's).

If people talk about ter Borch, it's usually to mention his facility in painting fabrics. No doubt about it, his ability is pyrotechnic, but the drama of the paintings is always intriguing, too. The elegant, courtly scenes generally have some understated psychological tension that doesn't immediately leap off the canvas, but reveals itself more subtly... is that really a look of disdain on her face? Something else?

And yes, his silks are absolutely DAZZLING.

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