Upcoming Release: Gesina ter Borch

April 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Lund Humphries will be publishing a new book by MET curator Adam Eaker on the seventeenth century artist Gesina ter Borch in October 2024. The publication claims to be the first major biography, in any language, on the artist.

According to the blurb:

Gesina ter Borch (1631-1690) was a Dutch watercolourist and draughtswoman whose work survives primarily in the form of three albums of watercolours and calligraphy, now held at the Rijksmuseum. Despite the fact that her oeuvre is securely attributed and thoroughly catalogued, Ter Borch has surprisingly never been the subject of a dedicated monograph, until now. For the first time, this book highlights Ter Borch’s watercolours and calligraphy in their own right, as well as her work as an art teacher, an archivist, and an artist’s model, and questions a historiography of women’s art that frequently values oil painting over other media, and work for the market over 'amateur' production.

Adam Eaker revisits Gesina ter Borch’s role in the genesis of Dutch 'high-life' genre painting and its construction of gender and social class, comparing her art with that of her brother Gerard, and in so doing allows for a more nuanced understanding of the ideologies and achievements of Dutch genre painting.

The book will be released on 15th October 2024 and is available for pre-order.

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