The Love Letter

Artist: Jacob Ochtervelt (Dutch, Rotterdam 1634–1682 Amsterdam)

Date: early 1670s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 x 25 in. (91.4 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mendelsohn, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.203.5


Ochtervelt was a co-pupil of Pieter de Hooch under Nicolaas Bercham in Haarlem. He worked in his native Rotterdam from about 1655 to 1674, and then moved to Amsterdam. This typical scene of elegant domestic life was painted around 1670, when Ochtervelt was strongly influenced by Gerard ter Borch.