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A Standing Cavalier

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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As with many of Pieter Quast's paintings, a note of humour enlivens this depiction of a dandyish gentleman who swaggers in his flamboyant costume and fancy boots. Probably not intended as a portrait of an individual, the gentleman may represent a Dutch cavalier, or perhaps one of the stock theatrical characters of the Commedia dell'Arte, such as the Captain or the Lover. Quast has used a restricted palette with the colours limited to tones of brown, buff and grey, subtly lifted with touches of red.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    43.7 x 30 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the Misses Rachel and Jean Alexander through the Art Fund, 1972


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