Abraham van Strij I (Dordrecht 1753-1826)
Abraham van Strij I (Dordrecht 1753-1826)

An interior with a woman peeling apples

Abraham van Strij I (Dordrecht 1753-1826)
An interior with a woman peeling apples
signed and dated 'A.Van Stry 1818' (center left, on the window)

oil on panel
23 7/8 x 20 in. (60.6 x 50.8 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Glerum, The Hague, 21 October 1991, lot 229.
with Bob. P. Haboldt & Co., New York, where acquired on 13 May 1997 by the Hascoe family.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum and Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, In helder licht: Abraham en Jacob van Strij: Hollandse meesters van landshcap en interieur omstreeks 1800, 16 January-16 April 2000 and 7 May-9 July 2000, pp. 121-122, fig. 176.
Greenwich, Bruce Museum, Old Master Paintings from the Hascoe Collection, 2 April-29 May 2005, no. 22 (catalogue by P. Sutton).

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Lot Essay

Abraham van Strij I, who trained in Antwerp before settling in Dordrecht, was perhaps the most accomplished Dutch genre painter around the turn of the 19th century. As Eric Jan Sluijter and Peter Sutton have noted, the present work recalls the spatial formulas and household motifs typical of the 17th-century art of Pieter de Hooch, including the tiled floor, ornate framed mirror, gentle light streaming through the window at left, "dog at the threshold harkening to our presence and the woman in the distance viewed from the back" (loc. cit.). Indeed Van Strij was renowned in his day as "the modern Pieter de Hoog". Along with the work of early Dutch art historians, Van Strij's homage to the art of nearly 150 years earlier played a crucial role in cultivating Holland's pride in its heritage, which "celebrat[ed] domesticity and [viewed] the home as a secular temple" (ibid.).

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