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A Boy Bringing Bread
  • Pieter de Hooch (1629 - 1684)
  • A Boy Bringing Bread
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1663
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 73.5 x 59 cm
    Made up to, Object size: 74.5 x 60 cm
  • P27
  • East Galleries II
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  • A boy offers a basket of bread to a lady in an interior; behind them a tiled courtyard leads into another dark interior, beyond which can be seen a canal with a second woman, possibly the boy’s mother, watching the transaction from afar. As in many of Hooch’s canvases, the drawn perspective was created by placing a pin at the vanishing point: the hole can be detected with the naked eye on the door jamb at the extreme left of the canvas. The principal lines of the composition converge on this point. The motif of the boy allowed the artist to create a narrative connection, encouraging the viewer to look back from him to the distant female figure. The picture was probably painted soon after De Hooch arrived in Amsterdam from Delft at the beginning of the 1660s.