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Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. with contributions by Alison McNeil Kettering, Arie Wallert, and Marjorie E. Wieseman
Gerard ter Borch was one of the most engaging and wide-ranging Dutch artists of the 17th century. Not only are his individual paintings beautiful and evocative, but his oeuvre is also remarkably varied, including genre scenes, stable interiors, depictions of historical events, and portraits. Especially renowned for his refined interior scenes, which typically depict two or three elegantly clad figures engaged in an activity such as letter writing or music making, he also painted small-scale, full-length portraits of burghers, whose confident postures and solemn expressions reflect their dignity and affluence. This catalog, accompanying the first monographic exhibition of his work to be presented in the United States, contains entries for 52 of Ter Borch’s paintings from public and private collections. The careful selection of paintings, including some of his finest masterpieces, surveys the breadth of his achievement and provides an overview of his career.