Geertruydt Roghman

Netherlands / 1625 - 1657 / wikipedia /
Geertruydt Roghman (1625, Amsterdam – 1657, Amsterdam), was a Dutch Golden Age painter, engraver, and printmaker.

Roghman was born in Amsterdam, the daughter of the engraver Henrick Lambertsz Roghman and Maria Jacobs Savery. According to the RKD she was the oldest sister of Roelant and Magdalena Roghman and the granddaughter of the painter Roelant Savery through her mother. She probably worked in her father's workshop and in her short life did not produce a large body of work. She is best known for the 14 prints based on sketches by her brother Roelant that were published in Amsterdam by Claes Jansz Visscher called Pleasant Landscapes or amusing scenes drawn from life by Roelant Rogman. These scenes sold well throughout the latter half of the 17th century and early 18th century and served as inspiration to landscape painters. She is also known for original work; a series of 5 prints she engraved herself of women working in interiors. (

"Roghman, from an Amsterdam family of artists, is known for some reproductive prints and her original suite of five engravings, "Household Tasks": sewing, spinning, reading (?), cooking, and cleaning cookware. The two subjects set in kitchens are unusual in that the solitary maids are seen from behind. Each print presents a sober view of domestic work, but the kitchen scenes are remarkable for the figures' complete lack of individuality, to say nothing of appeal. In comparing Roghman's images of household servants with those of Dou and Vermeer, it is tempting to distinguish male and female points of view (as some critics have rather emphatically). Whatever the interpretation, it is important to bear in mind that Roghman's prints were intended for a broad art market, whereas Dou's famously expensive paintings (as opposed to the later prints after them) and The Milkmaid by Vermeer were made with individual collectors in mind.' (
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