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Grebber, Pieter de
Head of a Boy with a Plumed Beret Head of a Boy with a Plumed Beret
around 1635 around 1635

This simple depiction of the head and shoulders of a smiling boy in a dashing plumed beret is a valuable testimony to the stellar rise of Rembrandt in the 1630s, and the interpretive talent of De Grebber. The type and pose are directly descended from the Caravaggesque images of musicians and revellers by Frans Hals and members of his studio such as Judith Leyster. However, the half-length format has been exchanged for a focused depiction of head and shoulders, which is much more in line with the tronies developed by Jan Lievens and Rembrandt in the second half of the 1620s. The muted tones and the strong light effect point directly to their work.

 
Grebber, Pieter de
Haarlem, Netherlands c.1600-Haarlem, Netherlands 1652 Haarlem, Netherlands c.1600-Haarlem, Netherlands 1652
Head of a Boy with a Plumed Beret Head of a Boy with a Plumed Beret
around 1635 around 1635
Oil on panel Oil on panel
overall: 48.6 cm x 34.5 cm
Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010 Purchase, Bader Acquisition Fund, 2010
53-050

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