BOTH, Andries
(b. ca. 1612, Utrecht, d. 1641, Venice)

Hunting by Candlelight

Oil on canvas, 34,5 x 27 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

The painting is signed to the left on the wall: ABoth 1630.

This is the earliest dated work of the artist, painted before he went to Italy. A ludicrous scene showing a peasant engrossed in the business of removing fleas from the body of a man kneeling half clothed in front of him. A third peasant holds a candle to illuminate the operation while a fourth watches with close attention. This picture of peasant 'hunting' is just as successful as the artist's Romantic, Baroque scenes of the hunting parties of the aristocracy.