Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Boy Bringing Bread

Pieter de Hooch - A Boy Bringing Bread (Wallace Collection, London) 1663

Pieter de Hooch (or Hoogh, Hooghe) (1629-1684) was a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his quiet domestic scenes with a few figures. In the background there a canal with a second woman can be seen, possibly the boy’s mother. Originally a girl reading a book sat in the doorway, but she was painted out in favour of the lady and the boy, who leads the eye to the doorway. Purchased by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford for his collection c. 1865.

possible self-portrait of Pieter de Hooch (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

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1 comment:

  1. That’s one I’ve never seen before. I do love these Dutch interiors and scenes like this inspire us to imagine the story behind them.

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