Jacob Duck (1600 – buried 22/28 January 1667) was a Dutch painter and etcher. Duck was active in Haarlem around 1630-50 and painted in the taste of Dirk Hals and A. Palamedes. Most of his paintings represent scenes from the life of soldiers, or simple societies. They are of a certain, somewhat stiff treatment, and not very expressive, but of fine color, and especially virtuosic in the rendering of brilliant substances.
Duck is thought to have been born in Utrecht. From 1611, he was trained in Utrecht to become a goldsmith, in which craft he became a master in 1619.
From 1621 he took drawing lessons from Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot.
He was primarily active in Utrecht, but between 1636 and 1646 also in Haarlem, while between 1656 and 1660 he lived in The Hague.
In 1661 he returned to Utrecht, where he died and was buried at the monastery of St. Mary Magdalene.
Duck primarily painted soldiers, figures, and everyday scenes. His works reside at many notable museums, including the Hermitage Museum.
His pictures are often found in public and private collections. The Galerie zu Gotha owns its five, the Liechtenstein Collection in Vienna four. It was often confused with the animal painter Jan le Ducq and Johan le Ducq.
Interior with Soldiers and Women 1650 The J. Paul Getty Museum
Framed by an arched doorway, two soldiers sit smoking, drinking, and chatting with a young woman who sits casually on tiled steps. Behind the woman, a warm light enters to permeate the setting and the objects and figures within. To the right, another woman descends a dark staircase and prepares to enter the room. In the foreground a jumble of objects–rifles, armor, a drum, a pipe, an overturned pail, and yellow drapery–form a more complicated still life grouping. On the back wall, a wooden rack holds pewter plates, crockery, and spoons. This genre scene, an unidealized view of everyday life illustrates Jacob Duck’s shrewd observation of costumes, setting, and objects, as well as his ability to render the surfaces of metal, stone, cloth, and wood.
Guardroom Scene with Spoils of War 1635 – 1640 North Carolina Museum of Art
A Street Scene with Knife Grinder and Elegant Couple 1655 Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The Wine Connoisseurs 1640 – 1642 Rijksmuseum
Stables with soldiers,
Soldiers in a barn,
Soldiers playing cards,
Loot depot, Louvre, Paris;
Guard Corps, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart.
He also performed bourgeois life scenes, which were influenced by Pieter Codde; Among these are particularly worthy of note:
Musical and dancing meeting, Alpe Pinakothek, Munich;
Music Entertainment, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.