National Gallery Metsu exhibition opens in Washington DC

Gabriel Metsu, 'Woman reading a Letter', c.1664-c.1666

Press Release: 14 April 2011


Gabriel Metsu
NGA, Washington, DC
17 April to 24 July 2011


The National Gallery’s monographic exhibition of the work of Dutch genre painter of the mid-17th century, Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), will open this weekend at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC..

Featuring some 35 paintings, this is the first show organised by the National Gallery of Ireland to be exhibited in Washington.

Raymond Keaveney, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland says: “we are delighted with the response to our exhibition which has brought together the most celebrated paintings by Metsu from museums all over the world. It has been a great success both in Dublin and in the Rijksmuseum where it attracted over 190,000 visitors. We highly recommend that people who are travelling to Washington over the next few months get to see it before it ends on 24 July.”

Dr. Adriaan Waiboer, the Gallery’s Curator of Northern European Art, and author of accompanying publication on Gabriel Metsu, says: “Metsu’s ability to capture ordinary moments of life with freshness and spontaneity was matched only by his ability to depict materials with an unerring truth to nature. Although his career was relatively short, Metsu enjoyed great success as a genre painter, but also for his religious scenes, still lifes, and portraits.”