The picture is a characteristic example of Dutch “fine painting”. The homely scene, in which a small girl attentively watches her mother peel apples, is probably a reference to a moralising epigram that warns against fulfilling every wish of a child but even more so against doing the same for oneself. Parental care was a popular subject in Dutch painting and literature of the 17th century.
Canvas on wood
Overall: 36,5 cm × 30,5 cm × 1,2 cm
Framed: 50 cm × 44 cm × 5,5 cm
Auf der Landkarte: "NOVA ET ACVRATA TOTIVS EVROPAE" (Kat. 1907, S. 309).
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1780 Coll. Carl von Lothringen, Brussels; acquired 1780; 1809-1815 in Paris
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