So far in my discussion of the ter Borch example above, I have followed Carroll's presentation of it.
Therefore, the theory was replaced by another one: ter Borch depicted a brothel scene in which the woman seen [from] the back is a prostitute, the other woman the procuress, and the soldier a customer who's holding up a coin to pay for her services.
In response, it would seem that contra Carroll, ambiguity as opposed to either the paternal admonition or the prostitute interpretation might be the least problematic and best reading here--even one perhaps intended by ter Borch, although that I contend is besides the point.
Although she always returns to the paintings - of Jan Steen, Gerrit Dou, Dirck Hals, Gabriel Metsu, Jacob Ochtervelt, Gerard ter Borch
, Johannes Vermeer, Franz van Mieris, to name some of the artists surveyed here - Dixon's accomplishment lies in the lucid way in which she outlines the history of ideas about women's reproductive organs, the diagnosis of hysteria and the relation of both to received ideas about female sexuality.
In his engaging collection of essays, Still Life with Bridle, Zbigniew Herbert wonders aloud why such painters as Vermeer and Ter Borch
eschewed military themes despite the plentiful opportunities so readily exploited by their counterparts in neighboring countries.
Look how he used his thumb to suggest the gold buttons--and look how painstakingly Gerard ter Borch
painted the same jacket in the portrait next to it
Art in the exhibition will include paintings once attributed to Francisco Goya and Gerhard ter Borch
and original watercolors by Auguste Rodin, as well as forged watercolors attributed to him.
Though untraveled, Vermeer was well connected with other artists, including Gerald Ter Borch
and Dirk van Baburen, and might have been influenced by Caravaggio and Carel Fabritius, the brilliant student of Rembrandt.
Here and in other late paintings, Bega's varied touch and studious evocation of surfaces and textures recall the sumptuous work done by high-life genre masters such as Gerard ter Borch
(1617-81) or even the versatile Gabriel Metsu (1629-67), who excelled at both high and low.
The American Federation of Arts and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, have together organised the first exhibition of the paintings of Gerard ter Borch in thirty years and the first ever in America.
Ter Borch scholarship rests on the solid base of the 1959 monograph by S.
The show examines the interest among Dutch painters in depicting scenes involving letters, their writing, dictation, delivery and reception and includes important paintings by Vermeer (see the gallery advertisement), ter Borch
(illustrated), de Hooch, Jan Steen and Metsu.