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Gerhard ter Borch: Galante Konversation
Gerhard ter Borch: Galante Konversation © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt
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Virtuosic variants from the workshop Gerard ter Borchs

A special presentation in the Gemäldegalerie Berlin

Two almost identical versions have come from Gerard ter Borchs d. J. (1617-1681) "Galanter Konversation", also known as "Fatherly Admonition", of which one is in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie and the other in the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

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Matthäikirchplatz 4 10785  Berlin


A special presentation in the Gemäldegalerie will reunite the two pictures for the first time in over 350 years and show them side by side in a direct comparison.

"Satinstückchen"
Ter Borch specialized from about 1648 on genre representations. Like almost no other painter of his time, he was able to portray the silvery, shiny satin dresses of his protagonists in such a deceptively genuine and convincing manner that his interior scenes were given the name "satijntjes" ("satin pieces"). His most important representation in this series is the "Galante Konversation", in which the silvery dress, with the artfully pleated, shiny fabric forms the center of the painting and in its optic-haptic fascination a particularly charming interplay with the enigmatic figure in back view received.

A successful motive
Of the extraordinary popularity of the representation, in particular the back figure in a white satin dress, testify no less than 24 repetitions, partial copies and imitations. Ter Borch himself created at least two almost identical versions of the "Galanten Konversation", which are now being exhibited together for the first time. They are supplemented by a loan from private property, which also comes from the workshop Ter Borchs and repeats the back figure of the young woman in a modified, simplified composition. The enlightening encounter of the three works not only allows the study of Ter Borch's refined and at the same time more efficient painting technique in direct comparison;

The presentation also casts a spotlight on the extremely skilful marketing of his astonishingly changeable motifs and images.

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