A darkly dressed woman with a white headscarf leans out of the open window of a sparsely furnished room. The object of her observation, however, remains hidden to the viewer. While a pot hangs over the fire in the chimney, her needlework rests on the table in front of the window. Stylistically related to Vermeer and de Hooch, the early dating of the Vienna painting (1654) argues for Vrel’s role as a forerunner.
66,5 cm × 47,4 cm × 0,9 cm
Framed: 83 cm × 64,8 cm × 5,5 cm
Inscribed on the left side of the cabinet, below the coat: J. Frel 1654
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels; 1781 in the castle of Pressburg; 1908 reacquired from Gabriele Imhof von Geisslinghof, Vienna
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