“Servant and Soldier,” Peter de Hoh – a description of the picture
- Posted by Peter de Hoh
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1653
Description of the picture :
The maid and soldier is Peter de Hoch. Wood, butter. 71 x 59 cm
Living in Delft, the artist sometimes returns to the plots of his early works, depicting scenes of soldier life and relaxation. However, the influence of the Delft school of painting is already clearly visible in this canvas.
The plot of the picture is very simple. In the wooden stable at the very doorstep sits a young maid busy cleaning potatoes. Near the small table there were resting soldiers. The young man gallantly got up from the chair and with a slight bow offers the girl a glass of wine. Holding her hand to her chest, she looks into his eyes with a lost smile. Her entire appearance gives out incredulousness and indecision.
The second interlocutor in the picture is almost invisible. He silently smokes the phone, leaning back on the chair.
There is another character on the canvas that attracts attention last. This is a poor boy leaning against the door. He came for alms, but froze, watching what was happening.
Daylight illuminates the figure of the girl well, emphasizing the bright white color of the shirt, the warm golden yellow color of the skirt, the bright blue shades of the apron. Matte skin, dimples on the cheeks, dark expressive eyes create a light and gentle image.
The soldier is calmly and confidently waiting for an answer. On the young man, an expensive light brown leather camisole with slots through which a white shirt looks. Schlegolsky wide olive gray pants, the bottom of which is decorated with a bow and golden lace.gently pour in the sun. Metal buttons fade along the side seam. A bright accent is created by red leggings.
The figure of a tired boy is written in muffled faint colors, he almost merges with the background of the canvas. Faded, inexpressive colors of the jacket, crumpled pants, trampled shoes. The kid holds an old hat in his hands.
This is one of the first paintings where the artist complicates the space. An open wooden door overlooks the summer valley, trees, blue sky. This technique allows the master to combine the room and nature into a single whole.
And, of course, one cannot but note the masterfully written details. Looking at the image, you feel the fragility of the glass, the cold metallic gloss of the door ring, the weight of the wooden bucket with water.
The picture is very bright, lyrical, and rightfully occupies a worthy place in the collection of “small Dutch” in the Hermitage.