OOST, Jacob van, the Elder
(b. 1603, Brugge, d. 1671, Brugge)
Portrait of a Bruges Family1645
Oil on canvas, 150, 5 x 255,5 cm
Groeninge Museum, Bruges
The artist's pictorial technique adds strongly to the atmosphere, lending it an exuberant, inventive depth and airy transparency. The lively postures, playful glances and sparkling sunlight which picks out the clothing create a strong impression of reality that blows away all trace of workshop staleness.
The painting is signed and dated on the lower right on the parapet. The age of the various figures is indicated on an item of clothing or an object.