Oil on panel: 61 x 55,5 cm;
signed ‘A: Van Strij’ (on the side of the counter)
Painted circa 1790/1800
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In this 18th Century interior scene, we can see to what extent Abraham van Strij was inspired by the masters of the 17th Century, especially by the interiors of Pieter de Hooch (1629-1683/4). He was already compared to De Hooch by an English art lover in 1819 who, when visiting Van Strij’s workshop, described him thus: ‘[he] may justly be called the modern Peter de Hoog’.1 It was not only Van Strij’s choice of subject matter that was influenced by De Hooch, but also his use of light. The bright, light atmosphere in this scene is very typical of both artists, as is the composition.