"The painting “Visit”, Peter de Hoch – description
Description of the picture:
Visit – Peter de Hoch. Around 1657. Oil on wood. 67.9×58.4
Having painted a huge part of his life with scenes of burgher life, Peter de Hoch was one of those who are called the “Little Dutch”. The themes of his works are usually ordinary – the hostess discusses with the maid, mother feeds the baby, comrades play cards. In the picture “Visit” the painter, presenting a scene from everyday life in the interior of his usual Dutch house so beloved by him, unfolded a certain plot.
It is curious 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 has come to visit holds a mistress by the hand, who, smiling, looks into his eyes. The conversation between them was most likely about matchmaking or a pleasant meeting, and the question dared by mutual agreement. A maid pours wine to mark the event, another guest says something to her.
The spectrum of this picture is based on a combination of muted interior tones and the brightest clothes – reddish, blue, yellowish and snow-white colors. The guest attire came together with a snow-white, golden yellow and deepest dark color, which de Hoch often used. A man sits on a blue cushion, the color of which, coupled with yellow and white, is often found in the works of Vermeer Delftsky. From this contemporaneous love for the subtle use of vibrant colors and daylight illumination of interiors in paintings was transferred to de Hoch."