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This painting is one of the best works of the artist, which shows the most wonderful traditions of Holland at that time. This work has no drama, it is calm, measured, devoid of any movement and completely focused on the relationship between a young man and a girl.
The young cavalier offering the lady a glass of lemonade is gallantry itself, how sweet their gentle touches and looks are sweet. They fully understand each other. A silent dialogue takes place between them. This is a rather romantic scene, the young man takes care of the girl, he carefully crouched beside her and gently touching his hands offers lemonade. Apparently a nanny bent nearby, or maybe some kind of relative. Most likely the young lady is unwell.
Terborch very talented described the elements of clothing. One can see a fur coat trimmed with fur on the edges, a dress made of fine fine fabric. All this betrays a rich girl, the gentleman looks like a dandy who cares too much about his appearance. It can be seen that the gentleman is quite young.
The artist subtly chose the color scheme, he led the picture in one color, nothing more. The author picked up paints of soft shades, a clear relationship was built between dark light tones. Terborch described the most extraordinary scene of ordinary life. He emphasized interior items that create a unique cosiness: an expensive leather armchair, a small table on which stands a dark elegant decanter. Everything speaks of romanticism, the subtleties of this relationship.
All household items are described very subtly, elegantly. It is also seen in relationships, everything is saturated with care, compassion, attention. This picture tells about the life of Dutch society, the uniqueness of personal life. Everything here is harmonious, restrained, subject to a sense of tact, balance.
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