18th C, In the Style of the Classicizing Baroque, Biblical, Willem Muys (1720-1763), Rebekka and Eliëzer at the Watersource, Oil on Canvas, Framed, Signed
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Willem Muys was a Dutch, 18th century painter of history pieces, portraits and cabinet pieces. Above all, he appears to have been active as a painter of ‘wallpaper’. Until the mid-18th century, ‘wallpaper’ was not painted on paper but on coarsely woven linen. Wealthy citizens had their mansions or country estates adorned with ‘wallpaper’ with landscapes, exotic birds or chinoiseries. The fact that Willem Muys mainly painted ‘wallpaper’, means that few of his works have been preserved. They are hardly represented in public collections.
The works of his sons, Nicolaas en Robbert, both painters, are a little less rare. The painting with Rebecca and Elizier at the well depicts a biblical subject from the Old Testament (Gen. 24: 46-67). The story goes as follows. Abraham sent his servant, Elizier, to Mesopotamia in order to find a wife for his son Isaac. In his prayers, Elizier asked how he would be able to recognize the most suitable bride. It was revealed to him that the woman who would offer him and his ten camels water, would be the chosen one. Here, we witness how Rebecca has offered water to Elizier and his camel herd. She receives precious jewels as future bride.
Dimensions 95cm x 117cm