Harleem 1611 - 1669
A YOUNG PEASANT GIRL WITH A BEER JUG
signed with monogram lower centre: HA (in ligature)
oil on oak panel
unframed: 26.3 x 18.7 cm.; 10¼ x 7⅜ in.
framed: 37.2 x 30.4 cm.; 14¾ x 12 in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat, and stable. The paint surface is relatively clean, with a slightly discoloured varnish. There is a degree of slight wear throughout. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals tiny spots of retouching scattered in the background, on the figure's face, headdress, and hand, which all follow the wood grain. There are more concentrated retouchings in her black dress, jug, and on the table, as well as retouching along a fine vertical line starting from the upper right corner and extending for approx. 15 cm. The painting is in overall fair condition.
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Harmen was the elder son of Frans Hals, from his first marriage to Anneke Harmens. He studied painting with his father and was highly influenced by his style, especially in single figure compositions such as the present work.