Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Elinga, Pieter Janssens

A Woman Reading a letter and a Woman Sweeping
oil on canvas
83.7 x 100 cm
Stadelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Pieter Janssens Elinga (1623 - 1682) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, active in Amsterdam. He was the son of a painter in Bruges, Flanders. Although he probably first studied with his father, his name does not appear in the register of the local painters' guild. He was active as a painter of both interior genre scenes with perspective effects and still lifes. His interiors are calm, the figures are motionless. Very little is known about the life of Pieter Janssens Elinga.