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The Intruder: A Lady at Her Toilet Surprised by Her Lover

The Intruder: A Lady at Her Toilet Surprised by Her Lover 1665

Pieter de Hooch (1629–1684)

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

(bapt. Rotterdam, 20 Dec. 1629; bur. Amsterdam, 24 Mar. 1684). Dutch genre painter. He was born in Rotterdam, is said to have studied in Haarlem (as a pupil of Berchem), and spent the last two decades of his life in Amsterdam, but he is particularly associated with Delft. His period of residence there was fairly brief (c.1655–c.1661), but during this time he painted the pictures on which his reputation rests—a small number of tranquil masterpieces that perfectly evoke the well-being of his peaceful and prosperous country. Typical subjects include a sunny yard (Courtyard of a House in Delft, 1658, NG, London) or light streaming into the interior of a corner of a burgher's house (The Pantry, c.1658, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). There is a kinship of spirit with his great Delft contemporary Vermeer, and de Hooch sometimes approaches him in delicate observation of light and lucidity of composition, although not in beauty of brushwork.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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