The Taster

Oil on canvas 45 x 60 cm / 18 x 24 in
Signed, situated and dated « Antwerp 1881 » lower left

Painter of genre scenes and interiors.

Gerard Portielje studied under his father, Jan Portielje, and Jozef Van Lerius. He was the older brother of Edward Portielje. He began his career in 1875 and was particularly interested in anecdotal subjects. Like his brother, Edward, Gerard Portielje was a genre painter, but he chose his subjects from a completely different field: the bourgeois and the gentleman of the 19th century attracted his attention.

Few artists have painted with such a spirit, firmness and humour as Gerard Portielje.

He was an excellent artist who executed all of his works with great dexterity.

Antwerp 1856 - Remich (Luxemburg) 1929
Belgian School

Antwerp - Brussels

P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 532-535.
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 512.
I. Bruynooghe, "The works of Portielje: Jan - Gerard - Edward", Roeselare 2001.