• Woman and a Maid With a Pail

    Artist:
    Hooch, Pieter de. 1629-1684
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    53x42 cm

Hooch, Pieter de. 1629-1684

Woman and a Maid With a Pail

Holland, circa 1660

In this painting by Pieter de Hooch there is no intrigue. The young servant coming out of the door of a house shows her mistress the fish that she has just bought and gets further instructions. Behind the half-open gate we can see a paved courtyard and beyond that, through the opening in the wall, the embankment of a canal. A calm rhythm of areas flowing into one another includes the rectangular shapes of the wall, the door, the shutters, the brick wall of the house and the geometric pattern on the floor of the terrace. Recreated before us here by the artist’s brush we have the very essence of the home life of Dutch burgher – its orderliness and that cosiness of the domestic hearth that is created by a neat, thrifty mistress, wife and mother. In the clear light-filled atmosphere all the colours acquire a resonant purity. In his paintings De Hooch, who came from the poor lower strata of Dutch society, often depicted his contemporaries, ordinary townspeople. De Hooch’s professional biography matched the tendency of the development of Dutch art in the 17th century: a rapid rise, a brief heyday and a quick fading away. The artist’s chief interest was the study of perspective, the possibility of constructing a multi-layered space in depth that gradually opens up into the distance if you look attentively at the uncomplicated subject of the work.

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Woman and a Maid With a Pail

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oil

Dimensions:

53x42 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1810; acquired from the picture dealer La Fontaine in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-943

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