Thursday, December 20, 2012

Eye Candy for Today: Pieter de Hooch elegant interior

Leisure Time in an Elegant Setting, Pieter de Hooch
Leisure Time in an Elegant Setting, Pieter de Hooch.

I love the subtle play of light in the areas outside the main focus.

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Today is Pieter de Hooch’s birthday. I took the suggestion from the Met’s mention of that fact, and this painting, on Twitter.

See my previous post on Pieter de Hooch.

5 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Pieter de Hooch elegant interior

  1. Bill Carman

    It’s so difficult to look at an interior with window on left from around this time period and geographic location without comparing to Vermeer. Curse.

    On another note. Thanks for all the work this year Charley. You are still a must stop for me in the morning. Just never stop or I’ll have some kind of breakdown.

  2. Bill Carman

    You made some great points in that previous article Charley. For me the greatest gap lies in the surface. The paint quality Vermeer achieves seems far beyond de Hooch’s. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy de Hooch’s work, his quality of light and interesting sense of narrative he creates by layering of space. But I don’t get the same urge to lick the surface of the painting as I do with Vermeer’s.

  3. Charley Parker Post author

    Thanks, Bill. I agree; De Hooch is a terrific painter, and I enjoy his work a lot, but Vermeer is a painter of a different order. As you point out, there is an almost magical quality to the jewel-like surface of his paintings. Eye candy indeed.

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