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“The Messenger with the Letter”, Peter de Hoch - description of the painting

“The Messenger with the Letter”, Peter de Hoch - description of the painting

The messenger with the letter is Peter de Hoch. 68 x 59 cm

Picture of the late period of the work of Peter de Hoch. Now these are wealthy citizens, rich mansions and luxurious interiors.

Spacious entrance hall of a large house. High ceilings. Large stained glass windows in two rows give a lot of light, despite the fact that the house is on the shady side of the street. The walls are decorated with paintings. The black and white tiles on the floor sparkles with cleanliness.

Attention is drawn to a young woman sitting on a pedestal. The light from the open casement of the window and the open door illuminates her snow-white shirt with lace, shines on a golden skirt made of dense silk, pearl shimmers on a pale green corsage. A large pearl earring flickers carefully painted by the painter. A small indoor dog, indifferently watching what was happening, comfortably settled on the girl’s lap. The girl is calm and serene, but the question is read in her eyes.

She looks at the letter, not at the young man holding out a message to her. But this is not an ordinary servant. His clothes are sewn from expensive fabric of brick color, trimmed with black lace and metal buttons. On his feet are dandy shoes with ties. The second dog looks around with displeasure, she is ready to growl at any minute at the young man.

Another bright spot in the picture is the open door to the street. A little girl stands beside her on a stone-tiled sidewalk. She is very smartly dressed - she has an expensive orange dress with golden lace, a hat with feathers. In the hands of a girl holding a fishing rod. Apparently, the family was going for a walk. The baby stands calmly and waits, but a mischievous look gives out a cheerful and lively disposition.

The painter again uses his favorite device - a through look into the interior of the picture. A canal and sunlit houses on the opposite side are visible through an open arched door. Tall trees with lush foliage outside the windows form a second arch. In the house opposite, there is a third arch, which allows you to see the next street. Thanks to this technique, the master expands the space, creates a perspective, gives the image depth.

The picture has a lot of air, cold light. To write the interior used dark, muted colors. The palette is made up of a variety of gray, blue, brown, black shades and midtones.

Piet de Hoch with amazing skill creates the atmosphere of peace, home comfort and leisurely life characteristic of his work.


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