Gabriel Metsu, 1629–1667
April 10 – July 24, 2011
East Building Ground Level

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667) is one of the most important Dutch genre painters of the mid-17th century. His ability to capture ordinary moments of life with freshness and spontaneity was matched only by his ability to depict materials with an unerring truth to nature. Although his career was relatively short, Metsu enjoyed great success as a genre painter, but also for his religious scenes, still lifes, and portraits. Featuring some 35 paintings, this exhibition will be the first monographic show of Metsu's work ever mounted in the United States.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, in association with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Sponsor: The exhibition in Washington is made possible by the Hata Stichting. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Gabriel Metsu, The Intruder, c. 1660, oil on panel, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.57

Audio and Video

Meeting Metsu: ANOTHER Dutch Master
Audio, Released: June 7, 2011, (65:40 minutes)
Gabriel Metsu, 1629-1667
Audio, Released: May 3, 2011, (16:34 minutes)
Press Event: Gabriel Metsu, 1629-1667
Audio, Released: April 12, 2011, (17:47 minutes)
Press Event: Gabriel Metsu, 1629-1667
Audio, Released: April 12, 2011, (50:34 minutes)