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.
It is not always clear how these artists knew of each other’s work. They lived in different cities and evidence of personal contact is sparse. Competition for an audience of wealthy art lovers may have brought the artists into contact with works by their peers, even when they did not meet in person. Educated amateurs visited notable collections and artists must have done so as well. Many of the techniques they used would have been apparent to the trained eyes of painters.
High life Dutch genre painting, those exploring rep shift to more modern style of painting that occurred around 1650, and this immediately brings up the question how this sublime mode of painting in just 20-25 years. If Genre paintings as a category shows everyday life, these are idealized scenes, painted by those who wanted to appeal to a particular clientele.
Technical study used technical examintations to see how the manner of painting affected:
Collective Style: Which painting practices shared throughout this group of artists contribute to high-life style?
Individual Artistic Style: how did each artist create distinctive visual qualities that made their paintings stand out?
Quoting Other Artists’ Styles: What can we learn about 17th century attitudes to artistic style?