“The Boy Looking for Bloch,” Gerard Terborh – a description of the picture

“The Boy Looking for Bloch,” Gerard Terborh – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Gerard Terborh
  • Museum: Pinacotka, Munich
  • Year: 1655

Description of the picture :

The flea boy is Gerard Terborh. Oil on canvas. 34.4 x 27.1 cm

   In the history of the Golden Age of Holland, the painter Gerard Terborh entered as a portrait painter and magnificent performer of the domestic genre – a calm, measured life and interior of the Dutch inhabitants. His works are attracted by subtlety, thoughtfulness and even emotionality.

   And how unusual and original are the children on the canvases of Terborh. These are not idyllic chubby babies, but quite living, decisive, self-sufficient and independent characters. Like, for example, in this picture.

   Terborkh, as well as all Dutch artists, shows the “piece” of the life of a boy from a simple Dutch family in a confined space – in the walls of the house, in a small room. The viewer sees no windows, no doors, only the corner of a small room.

   Furniture is the most necessary – a chair, a low bench with an old hat thrown at it, and a table on which a notebook and a small inkwell.

   The color scheme is very limited, the colors are muffled, but the color and shades of the colors are simply magnificent and noble. Especially noteworthy is the soft collar of the olive gray wall, which is a spectacular background for the boy’s figure.

   Perhaps only the gray-blue pants of the little boy stand out by color, and the shiny brown hair of the dog lying on the boy’s lap.

   And the main character of the canvas is focused on such an interesting case as catching fleas in a dog. This activity seems more fascinating to him than lessons, and all school supplies are abandoned for his sake.

   Terborh with the amazing accuracy of the portrait painter reproduces the figure of the boy, his concentrated and enthusiastic face, bending over the animal, his fingers, cleverly sorting through the hair of the dog.

   This simple picture, very lively and real, thanks to the talent of Gerard Terborh, is always interesting to the viewer.