A Four-Year-Old with a Cat and a Fish
Jacob Gerritz. Cuyp (Dordrecht 1594 - Dordrecht 1652)
Signed in the lower right JG (in monogram) Cuyp f., dated and inscribed in the lower left Aetatis suae 4 Ao 1647
oil on canvas
108 x 80 cm.
Extensively published and exhibited most notably in the landmark show at the Frans Halsmuseum Pride and Joy, Children’s Portraits in the Netherlands 1500 – 1700, Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp presents a remarkable image of a young girl brandishing a fish in one hand while restraining a cat with the other. The lesson on display is that restraint in all things is desirable.