Description A servant girl has been found asleep by an older couple. Beside her, on a table covered with a checked cloth, is an unplucked dead goose and a large stoneware pitcher; at her feet waits a hungry cat beside a large copper basin. The artist has enriched the kitchen setting with such details as the broken mirror and the ceramic vase suspended from wall pegs, a large wooden-slatted bird-cage, and a wainscot of Delft tiles. This painting illustrates the domestic genre practiced by Leys' master F. de Braekeleer and by Leys himself, early in his career. Paul Mantz cited a Flemish kitchen scene by Leys, dated 1841, "M. Henri Leys," in the "Gazette des Beaux-Arts," 20 (1866):249. Another "Interieur flamand," dated 1836, was sold at the John Wilson Sale, Paris, March 14-16, 1881, no. 168.
|4/29/1980||Treatment||surface cleaned; coated; inpainted|
|6/18/2008||Treatment||surface cleaned; inpainted; coated; re-framed|
- Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, between 1878 and 1884 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: HLeys; [Number] On paper sticker: 566; [Number] In pencil: 560; [Number] In pencil: 5155; [Number] In black stencil: 429V; [Number] Scratched: 332
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, between 1878 and 1884
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