The painting “Visit”, Peter de Hoch – a description
- Posted by Peter de Hoh
- Museum: Metropolitan Museum
- Year: Around 1657
Description of the picture :
Visit – Peter de Hoh. Around 1657. Wood, butter. 67.9×58.4
Drawing most of his life paintings with burger scenes, Peter de Hoch was one of those called “small Dutch.”. The topics of his works are usually simple – the mistress talks with the maid, his mother feeds the child, friends play cards. In the painting “Visit”, the artist, presenting a scene from everyday life in the interior of a typical Dutch house so beloved by him, launched a story.
It is interesting that the lower half of the window is closed by shutters, which means that the owners want to hide something from prying eyes. A man who comes to visit holds the mistress by the hand, who, smiling, looks into his eyes. The point between them was most likely about a matchmaking or a pleasant date, and the issue was resolved by mutual agreement. A maid pours wine to mark the event, another guest says something joyfully to her.
The color of this picture is built on a combination of muffled interior tones and bright clothes – red, blue, yellow and white. In the guest’s outfit, white, golden yellow and deep black came together, which de Hoch often used. A man sits on a blue pillow, the color of which, combined with yellow and white, is often found in the works of Vermeer Delft. From this contemporary, she moved on to de Hoch’s love of the subtle use of bright colors and daylighting of interiors in canvases.