Peter de Hokh, “ Visit “. Quarrel or reconciliation?Peter de Hokh (Pieter de Hooch), the Dutch artist of the 17th century, left us a set of genre scenes in which characters - men and women. In this picture - a plot, rare for the creator: characters quarrel.
Outside - bright day, the sun casts shadows of attendees on a wooden floor (almost exclusive option for Peter de Hokh, he in the majority of pictures paints the ornamented floor). The window is half closed by a sun blind - from curious eyes.
Big high room. The situation is modest, but not poor man`s. Some map of quite big size, more to the right - a portrait of the long-haired man with an espanyolka hangs on a wall (who is he for the hostess - the husband, the father?) .
On a background on the right - some unclear construction reminding a canopy. But for a canopy - the sizes are small.
On the table covered with a cloth - a dish from the snack remains. It is impossible to tell anything certain about men: there are no occupation characteristics. Age - slightly for 40. Marital status - most likely, both are married. Crashed out at several o`clock: to spend time in the pleasant company, to drink, smoke a tubule. Well, and further - “ war will show the plan “.
At the man sitting a back to the viewer on the head a black hat (can be, it is a pile, then he is Jew). Its black (quite rich) attire indirectly says that it - not the nobleman. What could connect the wealthy Jew and the poor nobleman? Firm friendship? It is unlikely. It is rather - the monetary relations: the nobleman borrowed from the Jew. And not for the first time. And as reciprocal service suggested to reduce it with available ladies.
At a table against each other - he and she. It seems that she is a hostess. It in a head scarf which completely closes its hairdress, but in strongly low-necked dress: the breast is raised so, apparently, here - here will fall out. (A low-necked dress - at all not in Peter de Hokh`s style, on his cloths of the woman, if I may say so, “ are carefully packed “.)
Her frank dress suggests an idea that it is delight for many including for this purpose who sits against it now. Perhaps, she at it on contents, but distributes the caress to others (and the servant helps it with it)? Its rush rather angry, than love. His rage - jealousy, he would like (possibly) that it remained only with it. And it is not necessary for it at all. She got used to free life, she does not want that dictated to it with whom and when.
It seems that the guest slightly raged: the hat is rejected on a floor, he strong grabbed the hostess`s hand. In her eyes turned on the interlocutor, the call is read: “ Well, and what`s next? “ What occurred between them - absolutely not clearly. Who are they each other? What does he want from it? What she from it tries to obtain?
Perhaps, it offended it, she threatened to give it a slap in the face, but was not in time - it intercepted her hand? And maybe, she wanted to stroke it on a cheek and to calm, and he stopped it and demanded explanations?
Quarrel happened not at once. Before they swore, the company managed to drink and have a snack (on a table there was a dish with a fork and the remains of snack) and started the second (if not to the third) to a wine jug. It still full, the servant pours from it the first shot glass.
And this shot glass “ white “ the guest who waits for the portion of wine. He will manage to drink, smoke a tube and still which - that (can be) while pigeons coo. For this purpose he attentively looks narrowly at the servant who pours to it a glass (possibly, contents of its purse do not allow it to be lost in contemplation of the hostess).
Not quarrel, not that reconciliation. “ The falling out of lovers is the renewal of love “ “ Fought, fought, reconciled “... Perhaps, will reconcile. And soon. On one on world - and...