Collective Style and Personal Manner
Materials and Techniques of High-Life Genre Painting
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E. Melanie Gifford, Lisha Deming Glinsman, Collective Style and Personal Manner Materials and Techniques of High-Life Genre Painting , National Gallery of Art, https://purl.org/nga/documents/literature/essays/collective-style-and-personal-manner (accessed Mar 4, 2021).
Paintings depicting the leisure of the highest echelons of society came about through an extraordinary process of artistic exchange. Artists regularly quoted aspects of each other’s compositions, transforming these allusions into novel creations. It seems likely that well-informed contemporary viewers recognized their borrowings and appreciated their innovations. Such art lovers must also have valued the remarkably fine brushwork and costly painting materials. Few contemporary written sources documenting artists’ and connoisseurs’ responses have survived, however. This essay, based on technical study of the paintings themselves, explores seventeenth-century views of artistic style in high-life genre painting.
The type of paintings included in this exhibition did not derive from one dominant personality; rather, they coalesced among artists who converged from a range of other specialties.