Gabriel Metsu

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Metsu, Gabriel


Born January 1629 in Leiden; buried Oct. 24, 1667, in Amsterdam. Dutch genre painter.

Metsu worked in Leiden and later in Amsterdam. His works, which reflect the influence of Rembrandt, G. Terborch, and J. Vermeer, are marked by a fine handling of chiaroscuro and a skillful rendering of the texture of objects and fabrics. Metsu’s palette is based on subtle color contrasts. The artist’s depictions of scenes from the everyday life of burghers are permeated with an even, somewhat phlegmatic mood (The Sick Child, c. 1660, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Patient and Doctor, Hermitage, Leningrad).


Vipper, B. R. “O tvorcheskoi evoliutsii Gabrielia Metsu.” In Iz istorii russkogo i zapadnoevropeiskogo iskusstva. Moscow, 1960. Pages 314–24.
Gabriel Metsu: Tentoonstellung. [Catalog.] Leiden, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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