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Peter de Hokh, “Mother and the child who buried in knees“. What are they busy with?

Some pictures of Peter de Hokh, Dutch artist of the seventeenth century, represent family sketches: mother and child, mother and two children. One of them - “Mother and the child who buried in knees“.

Warm sunny day, at about noon. The light room with a window under a low ceiling, an alcove with a curtain in the depth of which it is visible pillows a hill and a blanket. On the right on the floor which is laid out by a tile the little doggie sits, his head is turned towards the door conducting on the street. The glass sphere hangs on a wall about an alcove. On the right something very similar is by the window on a wash basin.

... The alcove device is very interesting: the stove bench is raised over a floor nearly by meter. Why so - it is not really clear. The first version - that was warmer in cold nights. The second version - that house living creatures (dogs) did not climb in a bed. The third version - that small children who can already go could not get on such height and prevent parents. Very much can be that all three reasons were taken into consideration by the designer of such interesting construction.

The door in a hall is open, behind it it is visible a half-open entrance door - the top half is open (the door of such design has the special name - Dutch). In a hall and over a door of the room pictures hang.

The wall under a stained-glass window is laid out by tiles with the image of childish sports (experts write what on tiles can be defined to 90 games). In a corner about a door - a big laundry basket.

The elderly woman sits on a chair and touches the child`s hair (most likely, looks for louses).

The face and a figure of the girl are hidden therefore it is difficult to estimate her age. But the detail of her dress says that it at prokazlivy age - 4 or 5 years. This detail - leads which begin from shovels and hang down almost to a floor. It is necessary to tell that it can be and the boy - to some age (unfortunately, anywhere not specified) girls and boys were dressed equally.

Why the artist painted such picture? In this scene, apparently, there is nothing drama, almost any action, absolute rest. The woman looks for louses. What can interest the artist in it? What touched it so what induced to spend time, a canvas, paints? Most likely, rest. He managed to transfer something impressing in a pose of the child who buried in mother`s knees. This and full merge to mother, and patience, probably, even pleasure from her touches.

What guards a little - lack of traces of the man in the house. They are absent in no shape or form. Where it what is with it? Perhaps, left on service (the house obviously not of the working person and not peasant, but also not nobleman or grandee). Perhaps, left on affairs long ago and far. Perhaps, already left this world.

Witnesses of prosperity: on an alcove - a portiere with a fringe, inside - accurately laid pillows, a quilt. Most likely, tiles were available to wealthy people too. Directs a black cap on mother`s head at thought of loss of the spouse and the father. Pictures on walls can mean that among acquaintances there are artists or that these pictures remained from former well-founded life.

There is no spouse. But life goes on. Proceeds also in such commonplaces as search of louses...