Friday, January 21, 2011

Pieter de Hooch

                                                    Drinkers in the bower

(bapt Rotterdam, 20 Dec 1629; bur Amsterdam, 24 March 1684). 

Dutch painter. He was one of the most accomplished 17th-century Dutch genre painters, excelling in the depiction of highly ordered interiors with domestic themes and merry companies and pioneering the depiction of genre scenes set in a sunlit courtyard. The hallmarks of his art are an unequalled responsiveness to subtle effects of daylight, and views to adjoining spaces, either through a doorway or a window, offering spatial as well as psychological release.

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