“A glass of lemonade,” Gerard Terborh – a description of the picture

“A glass of lemonade,” Gerard Terborh – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Gerard Terborh
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1660s

Description of the picture :

A glass of lemonade – Gerard Terborh. 1660s. Oil on canvas. 67×54

   Probably, the “Bocal of Lemonade” is the most famous picture of the largest master of Dutch genre painting Gerard Terborh. At that time, the works of the artists were small and intended to decorate the apartments of wealthy citizens.

   The everyday plot of the canvas, which can be called the “scene at the pimp”, is directly related to reality, but played very delicately and subtly, without an emphasis on an intimate topic. An elegant girl and a young man are engaged in the preparation of lemonade; the girl holds a glass in her hand, while the young man, holding it with one hand, stirs the contents with the other.

   However, preparing a drink is only an occasion for their proximity, which is confirmed by the eloquent look of the young man and the slight embarrassment of the young man. A third party – an old woman leaning over a heroine – as if tacitly advises her to decide on something specific.

   Terborch managed to masterfully write overflows of silk and satin, golden sewing in the decoration of dresses, which contributed to its popularity among wealthy burgers.