Sentimental Conversation

Artist: Quirijn van Brekelenkam (Dutch, Zwammerdam (?), after 1622–ca. 1669 Leiden)

Date: early 1660s

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (41.3 x 35.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.19


In the 1660s Brekelenkam departed from his more familiar themes of humble tradesmen and housewives in favor of fashionable subjects inspired by Gabriël Metsu and Pieter de Hooch. In this charming scene of courtship the landscape in the background reminded contemporary viewers that love can be a rocky road.