Gabriel Metsu (January 1629, Leiden - buried Oct 24, 1667, Amsterdam), Dutch painter, was the son of the Flemish painter Jacques Metsu (c.1588-1629), who lived most of his days at Leiden, where he was three times married. The last of these marriages was celebrated in 1625, and Jacomijntje Garniers, herself the widow of a painter with already three children, gave birth to Gabriel.

According to Houbraken Metsu was taught by Gerard Dou, though his early works do not lend colour to this assertion. He was influenced by painters in Leiden like Jan Steen and Jan Lievens, later by Frans van Mieris the Elder.

Metsu was registered among the first members of the painters' corporation at Leiden; and the books of the guild also tell us that he remained a member in 1649. In 1650 he ceased to subscribe, and works bearing his name and the date of 1653 support the belief that he had moved to Amsterdam. In Leiden it was told Metsu left a brothel at six in the morning and took a prostitute to the Academia. Before he moved to Amsterdam Metsu was trained in Utrecht by Jan Baptist Weenix and Nicolaus Knüpfer.
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Young Woman Pouring Beer And A Young Man Smoking In... - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
Young Woman Pouring Beer And A Young Man Smoking In...
Old Woman Meditating - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
Old Woman Meditating
The Busy Cook - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Busy Cook
The Cook 1657-67 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Cook 1657-67
Woman Eating and Feeding her Cat - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
Woman Eating and Feeding her Cat
The Breakfast (detail) 1660 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Breakfast (detail) 1660
Breakfast 1660 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
Breakfast 1660
The Music Party 1659 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Music Party 1659
A Kitchenmaid Preparing Carrots - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
A Kitchenmaid Preparing Carrots
The Sick Girl 1658-59 - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Sick Girl 1658-59
The Hunter and a Woman - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
The Hunter and a Woman
Woman Figure - Gabriel Metsu - www.gabrielmetsu.org
Woman Figure

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