Rus Articles Journal

Peter de Hokh. Morning in Delft. Let`s have breakfast?

“Are one of several pictures signed and dated 1658. Carefully written out constructions eclipse figures in a picture a little, shabby walls of a garden contrasts with well remained house on the right at the left where behind a small corridor it is visible the street, with just swept court yard paved by a brick“. (From the text accompanying a picture on the website of the museum.)

End of summer. The turning yellow foliage on the curling bush which hangs down from a roof on the right. Indefinite time of day: not that morning, not evening. In the sky - cloudlets, the sun, probably, it is closed by one of them therefore scattered lighting does not allow to define precisely when it occurs. Most likely, this morning.

At the left before the viewer - a suite of arches: one arch conducts in a corridor with a door to the house, the second - on the street, the third - in the house opposite, over its window (the feeling of “expansion of space“ is created). Over the first arch - a cartouche, a plate in a frame * on which something is beaten out like an appeal: “Do not despair! Take-off is preceded by falling. You still can rise! For now - humility and rest!“

the Court yard is purely swept, the broom rolls aside. At the left it is visible a shutter of a shutter which closes a window in the house.

The wall of the house divides a picture into two parts: left - well-groomed, right - almost a wreck. Steps conduct to the lop-sided door over which similarity of a peak is looked through: two beams, a cross-piece with a prop, which - as beaten to a box on the right. Purpose of a box - absolutely unclear. Possibly, it was once the well: on a wall highly rising mold is visible. Near this construction there is a bucket: can be, the well still exists and use it?

The extension obviously uninhabited, maybe, is the storeroom with a cellar. Just it left the woman and the child.

They go down from a porch. The girl holds mother by a hand. In the left hand of the woman - a dish. The girl bears something in twisted to a fartuchka too (can be, bread or rolls). Where they go? Probably, they bear a breakfast to the woman who stands in the aisle and looks at the street through an open door.

Ladies about something talk, conversation on something good, both smile. Most likely, they will have breakfast too and discuss a gratefulness which expect them at a table. Judging by clothes, this woman - the servant, and the girl - her daughter.

The hostess costs on an entrance to the house, having put hands, something considers on the street. Or just left to warm up after a dream, to inhale fresh air. Nothing certain can be told about it, but it makes sad impression. As if the person has neither duties, nor efforts, lives by inertia. And the inscription on a cartouche does not inspire it.

Still a couple of minutes - it will be given a breakfast, and two cheerful women will bring to it not only food, but also a little good mood...

* Art critics write that de Hokh in the pictures often represented what actually cannot be (for example, displaced well-known buildings, having them as he wanted). About this cartouche it is known that it was in a side-altar of one of churches of Delft, at some moment the side-altar was destroyed. It was built actually in an arch of the house or not - remains a question.