Young Woman Peeling Apples

Artist: Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam)

Date: ca. 1655

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 18 in. (54.6 x 45.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Accession Number: 14.40.612

Description

Maes studied with Rembrandt and then returned to his native Dordrecht, where he painted portraits and the genre scenes for which he is most admired. In this quiet interior, a young woman (probably a maid) is surrounded by velvety shadows and warmed by sunlight, as if in divine approval of her contented work.

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