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Rustic Courtship
  • Pieter Duyfhuysen (1608 - 1677)
  • Rustic Courtship
  • Netherlands
  • 1656
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 34.7 x 25.9 cm
  • Signature: 'P Ano 1656.' [or PD in monogram]
  • P205
  • East Galleries II
Further Reading
  • The son of a notary, Duyfhuysen studied in Haarlem before returning to his home town of Rotterdam, where he worked as a portraitist and painter of low-life genre scenes. His Rustic Courtship shows a characteristic peasant interior, which derives from those of Adriaen Brouwer and Adriaen van Ostade. A man makes a lewd gesture behind a pregnant girl, who clutches a flagon to her chest. A warning of the consequences of over-indulgence, the earthy behaviour of the laughing couple is contrasted with the spiritual demeanour of the young boy with a book, a figure also recognisable in several other paintings by the artist.