Gallant Conversation, Known as ‘The Paternal Admonition’, Gerard ter Borch (II), c. 1654

Gallant Conversation, Known as ‘The Paternal Admonition’, Gerard ter Borch (II), c. 1654

oil on canvas, h 71cm × w 73cm. More details

With psychological sensitivity, Ter Borch here depicted three figures in a bedchamber. The young man, his sword still hanging from his belt and his hat resting in his lap, calls on the young woman. He makes a speaking gesture with his raised hand, while gazing intently at the girl in a magnificent satin gown. Is he making an indecent proposal? With her back turned, her reaction remains hidden from us.

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