Hagar Weeping

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Hagar Weeping


Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Dutch, 1621 - 1674)




early 1640s


Oil on canvas


76.2 × 68.6 cm (30 × 27 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Martin J. Zimet

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With her face bathed in soft light, the weeping Hagar turns away from the viewer and looks up sharply. At his wife Sarah's request, Abraham reluctantly cast out the Egyptian slave-maid Hagar and her son, Ishmael, who she had conceived with him. After running out of water in the Beersheba desert, Hagar left her dying son crying under a bush, then moved a short distance away to weep in anguish.

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout represented Hagar with her vision of the angel who told her that God had heard the boy's cries and promised "I will make a great nation of him." Looking up, Hagar saw a well nearby, and they were saved, and became the ancestors of the Arab peoples. Hagar and the angel's torso were cut from a larger painting some time before the Getty Museum received this painting.

by 1732 -

Jacques de Roore, 1686 - 1747 (The Hague, The Netherlands)


Dr. Paul Viktorovich Delaroff, 1852 - 1913 (St. Petersburg, Russia; Pavlovsk, Russia)


Johann Bien (Budapest, Hungary)

- 1945

John Bass, died 1976 (New York, New York) [sold, Bass sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, January 25, 1945, lot 20.]

- 1950

Luther [sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, November 15, 1950, lot 31, to French and Company.]

1950 - 1972

French and Company, Inc. (New York, New York), donated by Martin J. Zimet (New York, New York) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

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