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ID number:  BIRBI-49.8
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Dusart, Cornelis (1660-1704)
Title / Object name:  The Milk Seller
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1679
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  38.8 x 29.5 cm unframed; 49.6 x 40.7 x 5.1cm framed
Provenance:  Six Collection, Amsterdam; Mensing sale, Amsterdam, 16 October 1928 (lot 9), purchased by Staal for 11,000 florins for Mrs D. Bingham, Amsterdam; purchased by Seventeenth Century Masters Ltd; purchased from Seventeenth Century Masters Ltd., in 1949 for £1,750.

Dusart’s earliest dated work was produced in the year he completed his studies with Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685). It is based on a drawing by his teacher which typically shows a peasant scene. A travelling milk seller, with a yoke across her back, fills a bowl from her tub. She is watched by three generations of a family, including a girl with her doll and a boy with a hoop. Dusart, however, pays equal attention to the cottage’s picturesque quality with its variously textured walls and wooden accretions.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated l.r.: K. Dusart 1679

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Dutch Genre Painting', Arts Council of Great Britain, Cardiff, 1958, no. 15.

1 Related People

Dusart, Cornelis

1 Related Publications

Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Kunst
Lilienfeld, K. in Thieme, U. and Becker, F.

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