Friday, September 20, 2013

Who Painted This? #45

Who painted this? #45

I delight more and more in the type of paintings which rarely get painted by contemporary artists - carefully constructed scenes recording everyday life.

There's an interesting story behind this painting.  I wonder if you can find out what it is.

For those who've not risen to the challenge before please take a minute to read the rules - see below.  The questions which need answering don't stop at "Who painted this?"

How to participate in "Who painted this? #45"

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
  • do not leave the answer on Facebook!
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #44 - The Answer

Chaucer at the court of Edward III by Ford Madox Brown
Art Gallery of New South Wales - Ground Floor
Screenshot - courtesy of Google Art Project
This is
Geoffrey Chaucer reading the "Legend of Custance" to Edward III and his court, at the palace of Sheen, on the anniversary of the Black Prince's forty-fifth birthday
Ford Madox Ford was never officially a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. but was sympathetic to their ambitions.

This is a large tableau rather than a painting pure and simple.  For one thing there's nothing simple about it!  It also took rather a long time to paint - starting in 1857 and finishing in 1851

It was painted on a white ground using what are described as pure colours.  The lower portion of the painting has been cleaned.

The chap in grey who is pretending to be Chaucer in the painting is actually Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Other members of the Pre-Raphaelite group and associates appear as minor characters in the painting.

While the original is in Australia, a study for the work is owned by The Tate Gallery in London, exact in detail but much reduced in scale.

The Tate Gallery in London possesses a replica of the work, exact in detail but much reduced in scale.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #41? Congratulations to Jane Gardiner (Glasgow Painter) who was first with the name of the artist and all the other available details.

Alyson Champ would have been the first if she'd found the original rather than the study!

Others who got all the correct answers - or found the copy - were:
If you'd like to study how people get the correct answer try studying past challenges which are listed in the Page Who painted this? - at the the top of the Page. Since of the requirements is to say how you found it, you can see the various ways people get to the answer.

Just for the record - anybody who leaves a comment on the page which lists all the "who painted this?" rather than the specific blog post is not counted. You have been warned!


  1. Artist....Jan Steen
    Title....The Quack
    Medium..Oil on panel
    Where it is ..Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
    How I found it... Looked up travelling dentist and came across a French site ( Histoire de l`Art Dentaire) English, with a lot of different Dentist paintings , one was by Jan Steen and looked to be by the same artist, looked at him on wikimedia commons and got all the information

  2. Jan Steen
    The Quack (De Kwakzalver)
    painted 1650-1660
    oil on panel
    Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

    Googled 17C painting village pedlar (Having ruled out preachers and dentists) and went to Dutch Golden Age Paintings Wiki, Jan Steen looked like a possibility, under scenes of everyday life, Found image at Res oscura, info from commons.wikimedia

    Mr C came up trumps on this one.

  3. Hi Katherine,
    The 'who painted this? #45' is called De Kwak Zalver or The Quack or Charlatan on the Market. It's an oil on panel by Jan Steen created betweeen 1656-1660. Its dimensions are: 37.5 × 52 cm (14.8 × 20.5 in). It resides at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
    The painting was stolen from the Frans Hals museum in 2002 and recovered in 2008 by undercover agents.
    I recognised it was a Dutch genre painting from the 17th C. and looked under Dutch paintings of quacks in google images.
    Best wishes,

  4. "The Quack"

    Jan Steen

    oil on panel


    14.8X 20.5 "

    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

    Found by searching for Dutch genre painting.
    Let's hope I didn't leave anything out this week!

  5. Jan Steen 1626-1679 Dutch
    "Quack" also called "Charlatan on
    the Market"
    Stolen from the from the Frans
    Hals Museum, Haarlem Netherlands
    in 2002
    Recovered 2008 from a the house
    of a businessman in Den Bosch
    Knew it was Dutch first thought
    one of the Bruegel's take on
    debauchery, on second look
    realized people were getting
    medical treatment (so to speak).

  6. Artist: Jan Steen [1626 -1679]

    Painting: The Quack,c. 1656-1660.

    Medium: oil on panel.

    Dimensions: 37.5 × 52 cm (14.8 × 20.5 in).

    Location: Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

    There is at least one other version of this. That version has a drapery behind the fellow relieved of his tooth.

    Recognized the painting as Steen but was unfamiliar with it. A Google search with his name and "tooth extraction" gave me the correct name of the painting. With that another Google search brought me to Wikipainting.

  7. I've got to start jumping on these Friday instead of Saturday or I end up late to the party.

    I knew the artist right away, Pieter Bruegel the Elder or maybe the Younger, I wasn't sure at first. You have done recent posts on Bruegel on your Landscape blog and recently saw a feature on him on Muddy Colors blog.
    I just can't find this particular painting!

    Oh well I can't find it, I'm surprised since there is a lot of it on the web. Wish I had more time to look, now I'll have to wait to find out!

  8. Looks like John Copely but I am not sure.


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