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“Courtyard in Delft”, Peter de Hoch - description of the painting

“Courtyard in Delft”, Peter de Hoch - description of the painting

Courtyard in Delft - Peter de Hoch. 73.5 x 60 cm

One of the most recognizable works of Peter de Hoch. The vine starting to turn yellow turns around the canopy, creating a shadow.

A young woman comes out of the barn, carrying a deep plate in her hands. She holds the little daughter tightly by the hand so that she does not stumble on the steep stairs.

Stopping on the steps, the girl asks something from her mother, holding the apron. The artist gently expresses the emotions of people. The woman's barely noticeable smile expresses love and care, the sly expression of the girl's eyes betrays her curiosity. Daylight well illuminates the snow-white caps and aprons, highlights the skirts with bright blue and chocolate colors.

A cleanly cleaned courtyard, paved with light cobblestones, a neat well-groomed broom, a solid wooden bucket of water - all this speaks to the streamlined and measured flow of life in the house.

On the canvas there is another character. In the shadow of the open door leading to the street, an elderly woman stands with her back to the audience. The glare of the sun lies on the gray stone plates washed to shine at her feet. A favorite technique of the painter is a glance through the double doors through which you can see the sunlit city street. Thanks to this, the courtyard does not seem isolated, it combines with the space outside it.

Brick, reddish, warm brown colors and shades create the background of the picture. The artist’s mastery is also manifested in the careful writing of details: old bricks, a yellowish cobblestone of the yard, heavy folds of skirts are incredibly real. Brass locks on the shutter, an iron ring on the door - all this makes you look more closely at the image, finding all new details and shades.

Another interesting detail is located above the arch in the upper left corner of the canvas. A board with the inscription “The whole valley of St. Jerome, eager to find patience and meekness, must first come down to be exalted”, left from the former monastery in Delft.

The ability to enjoy every moment of life with its everyday and such ordinary worries - all this we see in the works of Peter de Hoch.


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