(b. 1643, Made, d. 1706, Den Haag)

Lovers Lit by a Candle

Oil on wood, 20 x 14 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Schalcken was a pupil of Samuel van Hoogstraten and subsequently of Gerrit Dou in Leiden. He initially painted in the meticulous and precise technique of his teacher Dou, a 'Fijnschilder' (meaning 'fine painter'). Schalcken later abandoned fine painting, but continued to be captivated by Dou's treatment of artificial light.

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