18th C, Rococo-Style, Genre, A Milkgirl portrait


  • £757
  • €895 Euro
  • $924 US Dollar


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18th C, Rococo-Style, Genre, A Milkgirl portrait

Not only in the 17th century, but also in the 18th century, genre painting, where people are portrayed in their daily life, was successful. The theme of the milkmaid, which we all know thanks to Vermeer's work, continued to live on in the rococo. French painters interested in painting women doing household chores included Jean-Baptiste Chardin (Paris, 1699-1779) and Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Tournus, 1725 – Paris, 1805). Greuze’s Milkmaid, leaning on a horse (1780, now in the Louvre) became a source of inspiration for many artists. In a recent auction, two pendants of a milkmaid and a flower girl in Greuze's style were sold.(http://www.artnet.com/artists/jean-baptiste-greuze/a-milkmaid-and-a-flower-girl-oval-shaped-P6Dm-NgqTNryD0a5zT3JQQ2 )

The pastel drawing that is offered for sale shows some resemblance to the painting from the auction. The girls’ facial features are delicately modelled. The deep neckline provides a slightly erotic touch.


  • H: 64cm (25.20in)
  • W: 51cm (20.08in)
  • D: 2cm (0.79in)


18th Century & Earlier

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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