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Gerard Dou (A young woman at her toilet) in Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam
Gerard Dou (A young woman at her toilet) in Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam

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Description: Artwork: A young woman at her toilet, 1667
                    Donation: Henry Deterding 1936

This young woman at her dressing-table used to be regarded as a symbol of vanity, which is a perfectly plausible reading. But what makes this painting so special is that we are spying on her and she sees us doing so in her mirror. That indirect eye contact with the voyeur - that's what it's about. We spy and are spied upon in our turn.

Author: Gerard (Gerrit) Dou (1613 - 1675)

Technique: Oil on panel

Author (source) of image: Personal archive

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Gerard Dou (A young woman at her toilet) in Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam

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