This work by Jan Quisthout (1886-1953) depicts a popular theme during the early 20th century memorializing the warmth of the country home, made moreso by the ministrations of the lady of the house who combined child-rearing, maintenance, cooking and love to create an idyllic home life. Rendered with exceptional attention to detail and expert use of shadow, this work survives with its original frame.
Quisthout attended training at the Academy of Antwerp from 1897 to 1906, and refined his techniques until 1912 in the studio of Jan OfVriendt. He resided in The Hague from 1914 until 1922, builting a reputation as a portraitist.
Circa signed and dated 1907.
Measures canvas 40 x 52; 48 x 59.5 overall.