Unknown (Spanish - 17th century)

A Fishmonger

17th century
Genre subjects, or scenes of the everyday were popular throughout Europe in the seventeenth century. The tone is often humorous, if not wry - as here, with the fishmonger's incongruous, second-hand and threadbare finery. The work has proven difficult to attribute, its style at once international and yet markedly distinctive. It has been given to both Italian and Spanish painters, the confusion reflecting the wide influence of Italian models. The unknown artist looked to Miguel March (active in Valencia, c. 1633-70) for inspiration.
Title
A Fishmonger
Date
17th century
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
96 x 120.3 cm
Nationality
Spanish
Credit line
Purchased 1926
Accession number
3450