A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn

Object Details

Title:

A Maid Milking a Cow in a Barn

Artist/Maker(s):

Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617 - 1681)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

about 1652 - 1654

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

47.3 x 49.8 cm (18 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)

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In a barn, a young maid squats while milking a brown and white spotted cow. Standing nearby, another cow seems to be waiting its turn. Gerard ter Borch treated the routine chore of milking in a straightforward manner, rejecting the humorous themes often favored by seventeenth-century Dutch genre painters. He was especially skilled at rendering the textures and surfaces of objects like those found in the foreground: the roughly hewn stool, the wooden basin filled with water, the chipped ceramic crock, and the shiny metal hinges of the buckets. The painting's muted colors and subtle play of light are characteristic of Ter Borch's work.

Provenance
- 1737

Samuel van Huls (The Hague, The Netherlands) [sold, Huls sale, Swart, The Hague, September 3, 1737, lot 87, to Willem Lormier.]

1737 - 1756

Willem Lormier, 1682 - 1758 (The Hague, The Netherlands; Rotterdam, The Netherlands) [sold, Lormier sale, The Hague, November 10, 1756, lot 298, to Prince Galitizin.]

1756 -

Prince Galitizin (St. Petersburg, Russia)

by 1908 - 1913

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

1913

Dr. A. K. K. W. Erasmus (Aerdenhout, The Netherlands), sold to the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 1913.

1913 - 1914

Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg, Germany), sold upon the death of the director Alfred Lichtwark (1852 - 1914) to a private dealer, 1914.

1914

Private Dealer

1914 - 1950

Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1870 - 1950 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany)

1914 - 1950

and Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1886 - 1957 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany), upon his death, retained by Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.

1950 - 1957

Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1886 - 1957 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany), probably by inheritance to her son, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1967.

1957 - 1967

Probably Dr. Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907 - 1967 (Essen, Germany), probably by inheritance to his sisters, Waldtraut (Krupp) Thomas and Imgard (Krupp) Eilenstein, 1967.

probably 1967 -

Probably Waldtraut (Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach) Thomas Burckhardt, 1920 - 2005

probably 1967 -

and Irmgard (Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach) Eilenstein, 1912 - 1998

- still in 1981

Private Collection (Two Sisters) [bought in, Christie's, London, December 11, 1981, lot 119.]

- 1983

Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1983.

Exhibitions
Museum Folkwang Essen Zeigt in Villa Hügel, Kunstwerke aus Kirchen-, Museums-, und Privatbesitz (May 10 to September 30, 1953) (Cat. 14)
  • Villa Hügel, (Essen), May 10 to September 30, 1953
Aus der Gemäldesammlung der Familie Krupp (April 30 to October 31, 1965) (Cat. 7)
  • Villa Hügel, (Essen), April 30 to October 31, 1965
Gerard Ter Borch Zwolle 1617 Deventer 1681 (March 9 to June 23, 1974) (Cat. 18)
  • Mauritshuis, (The Hague), March 9 to April 28, 1974
  • Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, (Munster), May 12 to June 23, 1974
Gerard ter Borch (November 7, 2004 to September 4, 2005) (Cat. 25)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 7, 2004 to January 30, 2005
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts, (Detroit), February 28 to May 22, 2005
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), June 9 to September 4, 2005
Bibliography

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 12, ill.

Korthals Altes, Everhard. "The Eighteenth-Century Gentleman Dealer Willem Lormier and the International Dispersal of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings." Simiolus 28, no. 4 (2000-2001), pp. 260, 282, 310, no. 55, fig. 8.

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