• Room in a Dutch House

    Artist:
    Janssens, Pieter (called Elinga). 1623-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    61,5x59 cm

Janssens, Pieter (called Elinga). 1623-1682

Room in a Dutch House

Holland, late 1660s - early 1670s

Pieter Janssens Elinga was a pupil of Pieter de Hooch. Following his teacher’s lead, he continued to investigate the possibilities for the construction of elaborate perspective and composition. The creator of this painting seems to be inviting us to step over the threshold of a house that is almost the same as in the canvases of his mentor. In no other European school of art at that time can we find depictions like these. Firstly, there is no narrative plot here. Secondly, the image of the chief protagonist, the human being as an active participant in the composition is completely formal. Here we have a servant sweeping the floor, who is standing with her back to the viewer. The sun-filled room becomes a sort of theatrical stage, in which the depth of the set is emphasized here by the reflection of the young woman’s face, there by the patch of the door, sliding across the surface of which our gaze enters the adjoining room. The shape of the splash of sunlight on the wall vies with the shadows of the chairs to form an accompaniment to the geometrical pattern of the tiles on the floor. The sense of the depth of space is reinforced repeatedly: beyond the windows we see the tops of trees in a park; the room is adorned by landscape paintings; a mirror hangs directly on the wall; in the neighbouring room we can see the curve of a fire surround and the recess within it. For the sense of light and calm and the style of his compositional devices Pieter Janssens is compared to his contemporary from Delft, Jan Vermeer.

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Room in a Dutch House

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oil

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61,5x59 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1912 as a gift from Prince A.G. Shcherbatov (the inheritance of Count P.S. Stroganov)

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1013

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