Pieter de Hooch

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Pieter de Hooch
Angebliche zelfportret van de schilder Pieter de Hooch, Rijksmuseum SK-A-181.jpg
Pieter de Hooch, self-portrait
Born(1629-12-20)20 December 1629
Rotterdam
Died24 March 1684(1684-03-24) (aged 54)
NationalityDutch

Pieter de Hooch (Dutch:  [ˈpitər də ɦoːx] , also spelled "Hoogh" or "Hooghe"; 20 December 1629 (baptized) – 24 March 1684 (buried)) was a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his genre works of quiet domestic scenes with an open doorway. He was a contemporary of Jan Vermeer in the Delft Guild of St. Luke, with whom his work shares themes and style.

Delft City and municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Delft is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is located between Rotterdam, to the southeast, and The Hague, to the northwest. Together with them, it is part of both Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area and the Randstad.

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Biography

De Hooch was born in Rotterdam to Hendrick Hendricksz de Hooch, a bricklayer, and Annetge Pieters, a midwife. He was the eldest of five children and outlived all of his siblings. Little is known of his early life and most archival evidence suggests he worked in Rotterdam, Delft, and Amsterdam. According to his first biographer Arnold Houbraken, he studied art in Haarlem under the landscape painter Nicolaes Berchem at the same time as Jacob Ochtervelt and was known for his "kamergezichten" or "room-views" with ladies and gentlemen in conversation. [1] But De Hooch's work seems to continue in the spirit of Hendrik Sorgh, an older Rotterdam painter who had a special affinity for organizing figures in interiors. Beginning in 1650, he worked as a painter and servant for a linen-merchant and art collector named Justus de la Grange in Rotterdam. His service for the merchant required him to accompany him on his travels to The Hague, Leiden, and Delft, to which he moved in 1652. [2] It is likely that de Hooch handed over most of his works to la Grange during this period in exchange for board and other benefits, as this was a common commercial arrangement for painters at the time, and a later inventory recorded that la Grange possessed eleven of his paintings.

Rotterdam Municipality in South Holland, Netherlands

Rotterdam is the second-largest city after Amsterdam and municipality of the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, at the mouth of the Nieuwe Maas channel leading into the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta at the North Sea. Its history goes back to 1270, when a dam was constructed in the Rotte, after which people settled around it for safety. In 1340, Rotterdam was granted city rights by the Count of Holland.

Arnold Houbraken painter from the Northern Netherlands

Arnold Houbraken was a Dutch painter and writer from Dordrecht, now remembered mainly as a biographer of artists from the Dutch Golden Age.

Haarlem City and municipality in North Holland, Netherlands

Haarlem is a city and municipality in the Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of North Holland and is situated at the northern edge of the Randstad, one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe. Haarlem had a population of 159,556 in 2017.

De Hooch was married in Delft in 1654 to Jannetje van der Burch, by whom he fathered seven children. While in Delft, de Hooch is also believed to have learned from the painters Carel Fabritius and Nicolaes Maes, who were early members of the Delft School. He became a member of the painters' guild of Saint Luke in 1655 (two years after Vermeer). His daughter Anna was born in Delft on 14 November 1656. [3] Based on the fact that his wife attended a baptism in Amsterdam in 1660, it has been determined that he moved to Amsterdam by then, though the success of the trekschuit by then meant that a trip to Amsterdam could be made easily in a day. [4]

Carel Fabritius Painter from the Northern Netherlands

Carel Pietersz. Fabritius was a Dutch painter. He was a pupil of Rembrandt and worked in his studio in Amsterdam. Fabritius, who was a member of the Delft School, developed his own artistic style and experimented with perspective and lighting. Among his works are A View of Delft (1652), The Goldfinch (1654), and The Sentry (1654).

Nicolaes Maes Dutch painter

Nicolaes Maes was a Dutch painter known for his genre scenes, portraits, religious compositions and the occasional still life. A pupil of Rembrandt in Amsterdam, he returned to work in his native city Dordrecht for 20 years. In the latter part of his career he returned to Amsterdam where he became the leading portrait painter of his time. Maes contributed to the development of genre painting in the Netherlands and was the most prominent portrait painter working in Amsterdam in the final three decennia of the 17th century.

Delft School (painting)

The Delft School is a category of mid-17th-century Dutch Golden Age painting named after its main base, Delft. It is best known for genre painting: images of domestic life, views of households, church interiors, courtyards, squares and the streets of that city. Carel Fabritius and Nicolaes Maes are seen as the originators of these localised specialties in the 1640s that were continued in the 1650s by Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer is the most famous of these painters today. The architectural interiors of Gerard Houckgeest, Emanuel de Witte and Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet are also notable contributions. Besides the genres most closely associated with Delft painters, artists in the city continued to produce still life and history paintings, portraits for patrons and the court, and decorative pieces of art that reflect more general tendencies in Dutch art of the period.

Works

The early work of de Hooch was mostly composed of scenes of soldiers and peasants in stables and taverns in the manner of Adriaen van Ostade, though he used these to develop great skill in light, color, and perspective rather than to explore an interest in the subject matter.

Adriaen van Ostade Dutch Golden Age painter

Adriaen van Ostade was a Dutch Golden Age painter of genre works.

Perspective (graphical) Form of graphical projection where the projection lines converge to one or more points

Perspective in the graphic arts is an approximate representation, generally on a flat surface, of an image as it is seen by the eye. The two most characteristic features of perspective are that objects appear smaller as their distance from the observer increases; and that they are subject to foreshortening, meaning that an object's dimensions along the line of sight appear shorter than its dimensions across the line of sight.

<i>The Empty Glass</i> painting by Pieter de Hooch

The Empty Glass is an oil on canvas painting by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting and is now in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

After starting his family in the mid-1650s, he switched his focus to domestic scenes. These were possibly of his own family, though his works of well-to-do women breastfeeding and caring for children could also indicate that he had attended his mother on her rounds as a midwife.

<i>The Courtyard of a House in Delft</i> Painting by Pieter de Hooch

The Courtyard of a House in Delft is a 1658 oil painting by Pieter de Hooch, an example of Dutch Golden Age painting. The painting portrays domestic architecture typical of de Hooch's middle period, with building and courtyard dominating people. It is signed and dated to the left on the archway "P.D.H. / A 1658".

His work showed astute observation of the mundane details of everyday life while also functioning as well-ordered morality tales. These paintings often exhibited a sophisticated and delicate treatment of light similar to those of Vermeer, who lived in Delft at the same time as de Hooch.

The themes and compositions are also very similar between De Hooch and Vermeer. 19th-century art historians had assumed that Vermeer had been influenced by de Hooch's work and indeed PDH demonstrated first early on a special interest in combining the figure with interior geometry(see Interior with a Mother and Child and a Servant c. 1656 and others). An x-ray of the Interior with a Woman Weighing a Gold Coin shows that De Hooch had tried another figure in the empty chair first so this points to his canvas being the more original model that Vermeer quoted.

De Hooch also shared themes and compositions with Emanuel de Witte, though De Witte soon devoted himself mainly to painting church interior scenes after moving to Amsterdam in 1651. De Witte seems more preoccupied with the rooms themselves, filling his paintings with objects, and De Hooch is more interested in people and their relationships to each other, leaving his rooms empty of any extra objects that don't support the scene.

In the 1660s, he began to paint for wealthier patrons in Amsterdam, and is known for merry company scenes and family portraits in opulent interiors with marble floors and high ceilings.

During his time in Amsterdam, he continued to make his domestic scenes, but both the interiors and their occupants appear more opulent.

De Hooch also depicted courting couples playing skittles. The highest quality version can be seen at Waddesdon Manor. It was produced shortly after de Hooch moved to Amsterdam and is a good example of his depictions of early country house gardens which replaced his earlier simple Delft courtyards. The theme of skittle playing relates to 'Garden of Love' and 'Game of Love' imagery found in both high art and popular print culture. The woman looking out at the viewer is the protagonist in this sport of Love.

Little is known of De Hooch's living arrangements in Amsterdam, though it has been established that he had contact with Emmanuel de Witte. [3] In 1670, he was living in the Konijnenstraat. [4] He lived in an area outside of the city walls but near the Westerkerk where his family attended church. Most scholars believe that de Hooch's work after around 1670 became more stylized and deteriorated in quality. It may be that his work was affected by his distress at the death of his wife in 1667 at age 38, leaving him with a young family. After 1680, de Hooch's painting style became coarser and darker in color. He died in an asylum in 1684. [2] In 2017 the Turing Foundation sponsored a new research project for the Delft Prinsenhof museum and the Rijksmuseum to work on a new overview exhibition focussing on the works in their collection, to be presented in a combined exhibition 2019-2020. [6]

Works

A Game of Ninepins, c. 1665 at Waddesdon Manor Pieter de Hooch, A Game of Ninepins, c. 1665 at Waddesdon Manor.jpg
A Game of Ninepins, c. 1665 at Waddesdon Manor
Woman giving Money to a Servant-Girl (1670) Pieter de Hooch - Woman hands over money to her servant - 1670.jpg
Woman giving Money to a Servant-Girl (1670)
Musical Party in a Courtyard (1677) Musical Party in a Courtyard by Pieter de Hooch.jpeg
Musical Party in a Courtyard (1677)

For a more complete list of paintings attributed to de Hooch, see the list of paintings by Pieter de Hooch:

Going for a Walk in the Amsterdam Town Hall (aka Depart pour la promenade) - c. 1663-65 oil on canvas, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg Going for a walk mg 0081.jpg
Going for a Walk in the Amsterdam Town Hall (aka Départ pour la promenade) – c. 1663–65 oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg

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References

  1. (in Dutch) Pieter de Hooge Biography in De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen (1718) by Arnold Houbraken, courtesy of the Digital library for Dutch literature
  2. 1 2 "Transcendence in Ordinary Domestic Life", Wall Street Journal, August 19, 2017
  3. 1 2 Pieter de Hooch in the RKD
  4. 1 2 According to biographer Pieter C. Sutton, De Hooch's wife Jannetje van der Burch was family of Hendrick van der Burgh (ca. 1625- na 1664) who lived in Leiden, also on the Delft-Amsterdam trekschuit route
  5. Understanding The Woman Holding the Balance by Vermeer
  6. Rijksmuseum press release, April 19 2018
  7. "Arrière-cour d'une maison hollandaise". Insecula.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  8. "Les incontournables | Musée du Louvre | Paris". Louvre.fr. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2014-06-11.
  9. "A Woman Preparing Bread and Butter for a Boy (Getty Museum)". The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2005-12-04.

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