Young Woman Peeling Apples

Nicolaes Maes Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 616

Bright red tones unify this painting, linking the maid’s costume, the apples she peels, and the Turkish carpet on the table. Painted a few years after Maes left Rembrandt’s studio, this picture reveals the artist’s debt to his teacher in its soft contours and effects of light. Previous painters had made housemaids the subject of comic or sexually suggestive scenes. With this sensitive and ennobling depiction, Maes made an important innovation.

#5257. Young Girl Peeling Apples

Young Woman Peeling Apples, Nicolaes Maes (Dutch, Dordrecht 1634–1693 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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