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Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613-Leiden 1675)

The Grocer's Shop Signed and dated 1672

Oil on panel, arched at top | 41.5 x 32.0 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405542

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In this densely packed late work, Dou fuses realism and artifice. A naturalistic, light-filled Dutch grocer’s shop is seen through a beautifully contrived stone frame, with fictive relief in the style of seventeenth-century sculptor François Duquesnoy, known for his portrayals of putti. Objects are conveniently arranged along the stone ledge in the foreground, seeming to lean out of the painting and into the real world. It is as if the painting is itself a shop window.