(b. ca. 1605, Oudenaerde, d. 1638, Antwerpen)
The Back Operation1635-36
Oil on panel, 34 x 27 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt
The figures in Brouwer's later pictures, produced after he had settled in Antwerp, are especially animated in gesture and expression, manifesting an unprecedented display of skill matched only by the sophisticated style in which they were painted. The Back Operation is an outstanding representative of Brouwer's late style. The artist has intensified the monochromatic effects of his earlier works, rendering them in a higher key than previously, and he has reduced his composition to just three figures who proportionally occupy a significant area of the interior space.