Des Rousseaux's oeuvre consists of only a handful of paintings which are predominantly depictions of single figures, bust-length, atmospherically lit with a painterly and detailed surface. This, however, is a rare multi-figural composition which can be directly compared with another similarly composed picture from 1631, his Men and Women Making Music, sold by Sotheby's New York, 30 January 1997, lot 21. Both pictures feature the identical patterned table rug, as well the same male model used as the lute player in the present example, and the lone gentleman in the 1997 example.
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