LA TOUR, Georges de
(b. 1593, Vic-sur-Seille, d. 1652, Luneville)
The Hurdy-gurdy Player1631-36
Oil on canvas, 162 x 105 m
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
The representation of popular music, played mainly in the street and featuring instruments which were typical of this type of music, appeared in Rome in the 1620s emerging from Flemish and French painting. The most important examples of this genre include the Hurdy-gurdy Player by Georges de La Tour.
The attribution to Georges de La Tour is dubious. However, this work has the same picturesque, rugged, descriptive quality as the St Jerome in Stockholm, and it is painted from a very similar model.