The Three Women

Jonas Suyderhoef 1613-1686),  The Three Women (les Parques Hollandaises), c. 1650, engraving and etching, after Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685). Reference: Wussin 120, fourth state (of 6), with the inscription “Nicolaus Visscher excu”lower right, and with the letters on the wall in the background “A. Van Ostaden pinxit; J. Suyderhoef sculpsit”. In excellent condition, on old laid paper with a margin, 11 3/4 x 8 5/8, the sheet 12 1/8 x 9 3/8 inches.

A very good, strong impression.

Wussin notes that in this state the horizontal lines have been added to the areas outside of the oval, but the address has yet to be changed to that of P. Schenk (who bought the plate from the Visscher firm, around 1700).

The painting may represent the three Destinies or Fates, the myth of the three sisters or old women who, a few days after a child is born, spin or weave its fate. The distaff (or spinning tool) at the bottom front, and the reel and spindle represent this; the three women appear to be having a drink after a hard day’s work.