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Ter Borch untitled

Recognizable the work of the painter Gerard ter Borch and the city Zwolle. Back to the 17th century.


I used Ter Borch’s genre pieces as a source of inspiration.
On these genre pieces people can be seen in their daily environment, who stand in mutual, sometimes in a mysterious or amorous relationship. He observes moods and relationships. “With a letter, a glass of wine, a staring gaze, perhaps the symbolism of the colors used, Ter Borch hints at personal situations and traits, but the whole story is never told. As if he wants to say: That’s how life is, it leaves questions open, relationships come and go. ”* The fine, shiny (satin) fabric expression of the ladies’ dresses in his work gave him lasting fame. Gesina, his half-sister, often acted as a model. His family and the city of Zwolle have always taken an important place in his life, even though he traveled a lot through Europe and lived in Amsterdam and from 1654 in Deventer, he regularly made the trip back to Zwolle and his family. His fascination for the many mercenaries who ended up in the houses of the citizens and Gesina’s preference for a moment of meeting between young lovers or for an arrival of a letter that entails certain feelings is reflected in his works.

Ter Borch untitled | Maartje Roos

After reading into the artworks of Ter Borch, I went looking for beautiful locations in Zwolle where I could go back to the 17th century. The Vrouwenhuis plays an important role as a location, but the Sassenpoort and the City hall have also been deployed in various ways. Jeroen van Doornik from Zwolle (night mayor) and Maritte Leystra, together with the small Welsh Springer Tessa, fulfill the actual roles.



* Arthur Wheelock, curator National Gallery of Art in Washington.Herkenning Gerard ter Borch en Zwolle