“Mother at the Cradle,” Peter de Hoh – a description of the picture

“Mother at the Cradle,” Peter de Hoh – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Peter de Hoh
  • Museum: Berlin Art Gallery
  • Year: 1663

Description of the picture :

Cradle’s mother is Peter de Hoh. Oil on canvas. 100 x 92 cm

   The patriarchal way of life inspired Peter to create genre home paintings. One of Peter de Hoh’s favorite stories is maternal care.

   Before us is a room in a Dutch house. Before the alkove sits a young woman who has just finished feeding the baby. She laces the corsage, but a love-filled look does not come off the baby sleeping in the cradle. The wicker is on a floor washed to a shine, carefully covered with cloak. A dreamy smile plays on the lips of a woman. The house is quiet. Even the dog calmly stopped nearby, turning its head to the mistress.

   The room is half dead. Behind the heavy striped curtains you can see a bed with a dark blanket. The wall behind it is half laid out with patterned ceramic tiles. On the right is a table covered with tablecloth, on which there is a candlestick and a beautiful jug of famous Delft porcelain. The walls of the house adorn three paintings in a dark framework. Another interesting detail is a metal heating pad hanging on the wall next to the curtain on the wall. Everywhere cleanliness and order.

   Muffled colors and halftones create a background and main color of the picture, creating a sense of coziness and security. The artist used a diverse palette of warm brown, golden, olive and terracotta shades.

   But our attention is attracted to several color spots. Rays falling from a high window in the room illuminate a cypel-white cap and a shirt of a young mother. The fur on the outer clothes gently shimmers in the twilight. The red saturated color of the corsage emphasizes the whiteness of the clothes. The same deep color is a festive skirt hanging on a hanger, and a blanket covering the baby.

   But the look at the picture does not rest against the dark wall – in the next room of the house you can see the open door through which sunlight breaks into the house. The interior becomes deep, it combines with the space of the street. Near the door there is an older child, dressed and completely ready for a walk. He carefully looks at what is happening on the street and seems ready to run there. Polotno attracts with home warmth, fascinates with his personality, peace and quiet happiness.