"The Trictrac Players. Dutch School Middle Seventeenth Century"Signed and dated on the right on the bench: Cosyn Fecit An 1653 Oil on oak panel Presented in a very beautiful frame of the same period in carved and gilded wood, with decorations of lambrequins and acanthus leaves in the corners. Total dimensions: 97 x 82 cm Our research has identified this painter, it is Aert Cosyn or Cosijp (different spellings), born in Rotterdam in 1631, died in Amsterdam in 1666. Like his contemporaries, he is specialized in genre painting very fashionable at that time. He brushes his compositions with a quick and sure gesture; by the use of warm tones, but also by contrast, slightly metallic cold tones. The result, his hostel scenes are clear and bright! Some paintings and drawings by this artist are in the collections of the Louvre and the Albertina of Vienna. Artists refer to "gender painting" as the representations of men and women at work, play, or rest. The Dutch of the seventeenth century, contributed more than any other nation to popularize such paintings. The purpose of genre painting is not to focus on the identity of characters, as in portraits, but on their occupations. The "hero" of the genre scene is anonymous. He participates in the genre of comedy and renounces the "big story". In the painting genre, the painter stages characters in their daily activities. Excellent state of conservation. Sold with invoice & certificate.