Gerbrand van den Eeckhout - Companions Making Music
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Companions Making Music
Oil on canvas (relined). 58 x 68 cm.
Signed and dated lower left: G.v. Eeckhout fecit 1660.
Houbraken reports that Gebrandt van den Eeckhout was Rembrandt's favourite pupil and one of his best friends. He is not among the most well-known of this artist's students, like Ferdinand Bol or Govaert Flinck, but he was certainly a versatile artist, able to create both fine quality historic, biblical and mythological scenes as well as genre paintings and portraits. In the 1660s his oeuvre is marked by a sketchy style, noticeable in the present work painted in 1660. Sumowski sees this as a reaction to Rembrandt's loose and minimalistic later style. Eeckhout created a number of remarkable works in this manner, including "Vertumnus and Pomona" in the Indianapolis Museum or his self portrait from 1659, kept in the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo.
Auctioned in Berlin, 28.10.1930, nr. 135. - Mark van Way, Amsterdam 1972, nr. 30. - Lempertz auction 534, 21.11. 1973, lot 50. - H. G. Klein art dealers, Cologne.
G. Isario: Rembrandt et son entourage, In: La Renaissance 19, 1936, issue 9, p. 49. - E. Plietzsch: Holländische und Flämische Maler des 17. Jh., fig. 331. - R. Roy: Studien zu Gebrand van den Eeckhout, Wien 1972. p. 146f. - F. W. Robinson: Dutch Life in the Golden Century, St. Petersburg / Atlanta 1975, Nr. 117. - W. Sumowski: Gemälde der Rembtandt-Schüler, vol. II, nr. 515.