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Pieter de Hooch

One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Dutch Baroque  Painter

Artistically Influenced by the following Painters and Art Movements - The Northern Renaissance, Jan van Eyke Pieter Rembrandt, Titian, Raphael and  Vermeer

technique - oil on linen or oak panel

Pieter de Hooch lived during a time of relative artistic freedom compared to the previous centuries. Dutch artists of the 18th century were no longer dependent upon the church or royalty for commissions. The newly prosperous middle class were eager customers.
 Distinguished art historian and author, John C. Van Dyke, observed "Pieter de Hooch
 was a painter of purely pictorial effects, beginning and ending a picture in a scheme of color, atmosphere, clever composition, and above all the play of light-and-shade. He was one of the early masters of full sunlight, painting it falling across a court-yard or streaming through a window with marvelous truth and poetry. His subjects were commonplace enough. An interior with a figure or two in the middle distance, and a passage-way leading into a lighted background were sufficient for him. These formed a skeleton which he clothed in a half-tone shadow, pierced with warm yellow light, enriched with rare colors, usually garnet reds and deep yellows repeated in the different planes, and surrounded with a subtle pervading atmosphere. As a brushman he was easy but not distinguished, and often his drawing was not correct; but in the placing of color masses and in composing by color and light he was a master of the first rank. Little is known about his life. He probably formed himself on Fabritius or Rembrandt at second-hand, but little trace of the latter is apparent in his work. He seems not to have achieved much fame until late years, and then rather in England than in his own country.

Famous Quotes About Art

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
 Paul Klee quote

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
 Leonardo da Vinci  

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Creativity takes courage.  Henri Matisse

I shut my eyes in order to see.
 Paul Gauguin

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.  
Leonardo da Vinci quote

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.   Edgar Degas

Absinthe is the only decent drink that suits an artist.  
Paul Gauguin quote

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. Claude Monet

Art is either revolution or plagiarism.  
Paul Gauguin  quote

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo

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