National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
Gabriel Metsu, 1629–1667
April 10–July 24, 2011

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Exhibition Brochure
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Exhibition Catalogue

In Conversation: Gabriel Metsu, 1629–1667
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Notable Lecture: Meeting Metsu: ANOTHER Dutch Master
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Works by
Gabriel Metsu
in the Gallery's Collection

Biography of
Gabriel Metsu

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Johannes Vermeer and Dutch Scenes of Daily Life in the 1600s

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Painting in the Dutch Golden Age: A Profile of the Seventeenth Century

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Press Materials

Image: Gabriel Metsu, A Man Writing a Letter, c. 1664-1666, National Gallery of Ireland, DublinGabriel 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.