Arquivo de 24 de Março, 2020

‘Figures in a Courtyard behind a House’, by Pieter de Hooch

From Pieter de Hooch [20 Dec 1629 (baptized) – 24 Mar 1684], ‘Figures in a Courtyard behind a House’, c. 1663 – c. 1665.

In his Delft period, De Hooch turned to a new subject, namely brightly lit figures in a back garden. The people depicted in this scene seem somewhat out of place and could just as easily be found in a dimly lit tavern. Seduction is in the air. The galant (or suitor) casts a flirtatious glance at the girl squeezing the juice of a lemon into her glass.


Pieter de Hooch [1629 -1684] – Figures in a Courtyard behind a House, c. 1663 – c. 1665.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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