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“Collectors of taxes”, Quentin Massey - description of the painting

“Collectors of taxes”, Quentin Massey - description of the painting

Tax collectors - Quentin Massey.

Quentin Masseyz created a magnificent art masterpiece! The painting is a true document of the 16th century. She boldly and truly represents satire, as a negative phenomenon in society. The canvas was created as a result of the joint work of Masseys with his pupil Marinus van Reimersvale.

The center of the composition depicts tax officials. They sit at a table in a stuffy, cramped room and do paperwork. One man writes down the amount of revenue collected in a book, the other with a grin on his face with raked fingers raking money towards himself, pointing the finger of his other hand to a business record. His gaze is full of greed and profit, his eyes are cleverly narrowed, his figure is slightly hunched, his head is pulled into his shoulders.

In the Netherlands, ordinary people treated them with hatred and contempt for their dishonest deeds. Tax collectors, money-lenders, and bankers cheated and tricked people through illegal money transactions.

Officials are sitting in the office, surrounded by papers, folders, home records, archives, bills and stationery. The room is poorly lit. Workers devote their studies all day, collecting taxes to the princely treasury and registering the information received in tax documents.

A full gentleman with glasses, sitting on the left, it is important to work with the house book. In his free hand he holds a bunch of coins. Probably, this is the head of the enterprise and he carries out all the main tasks. The man on the right side, the assistant, gradually observes his work, pondering each step. Both men have unusual clothes and hats similar to a turban. One has a red headdress, the other green.

The artist used the brightness of colors and expressiveness in light gray tones. Genre painting carries interesting impressions. She gives knowledge of the world and carries her plot.


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