(b. 1639, Prague, d. 1684, Den Haag)

Young Girl Holding a Letter

c. 1665
Oil on canvas, 74 x 60 cm
Private collection

Netscher's most prolific period as a genre painter occurred during 1664-65, when he executed some twenty-six pictures. These paintings display increasing elegance in their subject matter and style. Young Girl Holding a Letter is characteristic for this period, and it is an example of the popular theme of letters in Dutch genre painting.