“Fathering collectors,” Quentin Masseys – a description of the picture
- Posted by Quentin Masseis
- Museum: Unknown
- Year: The first half of the 16th century
Description of the picture :
Feed collectors – Quentin Masseis.
A magnificent artistic masterpiece was created by Quentin Massey! The picture is a true document of the era of the 16th century. It is of a grotesque nature, personifying the life and morals of the Netherlands. Art work is fascinating and interesting. She boldly and truthfully personifies satire as a negative phenomenon in society. The canvas was created as a result of the joint work of Masseis with his student Marinas van Reimerswala.
The composition center depicts tax officials. They sit at the table in a stuffy, cramped room and do paperwork. One man writes the amount of collected income in a book, the other, with a grin on his face with his fingers twisted, rakes money to himself, pointing his other hand with his finger at a business record. His gaze is full of greed and profit, his eyes are cunningly pinched, the figure is a little hunched, his head is drawn into his shoulders.
In the Netherlands, ordinary people treated them with hatred and contempt for their dishonest deeds. Feed collectors, moneylenders and bankers cheated and deceived people through illegal money transactions.
Officials are sitting in the office, surrounded by papers, folders, house records, archives, bills and stationery. The room is poorly lit. Workers devote their activities all day, collecting to submit to the princely treasury and registering the information received in tax documents.
A complete gentleman with glasses sitting on the left, it is important to work with a house book. In his free hand he holds a bunch of coins. Probably, this is the head of the enterprise and he does all the main things himself. A man on the right side, an assistant in the service, gradually observes his work, pondering every step. Both men have unusual clothes and hats similar to chalma. One has a red headgear, the other has green.
The artist used the brightness of the colors and expressiveness in light gray tones. Genre painting is interesting. She gives knowledge of the world around her and captivates with her stories.