“Mistress and maid,” Peter de Hoch, is a description of the picture
- Posted by Peter de Hoh
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: Around 1660
Description of the picture :
Mistress and maid – Peter de Hoch. Around 1660. Oil on canvas. 53×42
Peter de Hoch is one of the brightest representatives of the Delft School of Painting, the traditional theme of which was the interior. “Mistress and maid” is a model of the Dutch genre, in which all the virtues of the Delft school are concentrated. De Hoch wrote out all the details of the interior with special love: every brick, neat masonry of the tiles, wooden balustrade and a vase with cloves.
The picture praises a quiet life in a quiet, slightly closed little world of a strong and neat home. The mistress is right there, she is in a modest suit, needlework lying on her lap hints at her hard work. Hoch found and emphasized beauty in ordinary objects – a glossy bucket in the hands of a maid, a transparent, almost lace wicker basket literally burning in the light. The characters of the canvas naturally and comfortably feel in the midst of the Dutch inhabitants, they exist in an atmosphere of quiet harmony.