Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693): A Woman Scraping Parsnips, with

Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693): A Woman Scraping Parsnips, with

10/22/2021, 4:39:21 PM
Nicolaes Maes (1634-1693): A Woman Scraping Parsnips, with a Child Standing by Her, 1655, Oil on oak, 35.6 x 29.8 cm, National Gallery, London . . . . The work of Duch Golden Age artist, Nicolaes Maes in the mid-seventeenth century provides a useful example of genre painting, whose work often carried out in a domestic setting. He probably became a pupil of Rembrandt in Amsterdam in about 1650. A restricted palette dominated by browns and reds and a rich 'chiaroscuro', reflecting this training. In Maes’s ‘A Woman Scraping Parsnios Watched by a Child', both mother and child focus on the work being done, but the way that both are captured in the same ray of light allows the painting to suggest intimacy and social cohesion within the very abstraction of labour.

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