The Sound of Silence (part two) Van Eyck and De Hooch

Continuing my short essay ‘The Sound of Silence: Vermeer’ HERE

jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-marriage.....or was it?

jan-van-eyck-the-arnolfini-marriage.....or was it?

Fellow Dutch artist Jan Van Eyck c.1395 – 1441, an exceptionally talented and highly paid painter.  He became a court painter to the Duke Philip of Burgundy and was very highly esteemed by him.  One of his most famous paintings is ‘The Arnolfini portrait’ (or marriage) 1434 which has been interpreted and misinterpreted and reinterpreted so many times that it remains an enigma.  Again the story is not a straightforward one, and one has to bear in mind the fashions of the times when looking at the garments (as in some of Vermeer’s women…)

There is a very interesting essay written on this painting HERE

woman and a maid with a pail in a courtyard, timeless tranquility

woman and a maid with a pail in a courtyard, timeless tranquility

Clear light gives Pieter De Hooch (another Flemish painter c. 1629 -1684)   paintings a kind of instant camera, just been snapped look.  The stark reality of quietness, peaceful domesticity and attention to minute detail gives ‘Woman and a Maid with a pail in a Courtyard’ a romantic and timeless feel.

Although De Hooch had a successful carreer, he liked to live in poor quarters and sadly died in a Lunatic asylum.

To be continued

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