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Un Univers intime. Paintings from the Frits Lugt Collection
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Jacob Vrel
(active c. 1654-1670?)
Woman at a window, waving at a girl
Panel, 45.7 x 39.2 cm
Acquired in 1918; inv. 174

We have little information about the painter Jacob Vrel and only forty or so paintings by his hand are known to us today. Some belonged to major collections in the seventeenth century. His compositions are often, as here, very sober and somewhat mysterious. The woman, whose back is turned to the viewer, tips her chair over dangerously to wave to a child, a ghostly figure glimpsed through a dark interior window. A nail in the wall projecting its shadow and a piece of paper (with traces of a signature) on the floor, a recurrent motif in Vrel’s work, enliven the almost symmetrical architecture of the room.