During the years 1654-59 Maes painted small-scale genre paintings showing simple domestic scenes. These employ a restricted palette dominated by browns and reds and a rich 'chiaroscuro' (Italian for light-dark, meaning the balance of light and shadow), reflecting the training Maes had with Rembrandt in Amsterdam in the years around 1650. After 1660 Maes devoted himself exclusively to portraiture.

Key facts

Artist dates
1634 - 1693
Full title
A Woman scraping Parsnips, with a Child standing by her
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
35.6 x 29.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number
Location in Gallery