The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'

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The Messenger, known as 'The Unwelcome News'

Gerard ter Borch

176 - zaal 15

Ter Borch became famous for his intimate scenes of people engrossed in what they are doing, often unaware of our presence. He also had an exceptional talent for depicting different materials, like the gleaming satin of the girl’s dress.

Here, we see a soldier receiving a letter from a messenger. It’s easy to imagine that the letter is a call to the front, away from the girl who leans against him so lovingly.

oil on panel
66.9 x 59.3 cm.
Collection William V, transferred 1816