Pieter De Hooch
A remarkable painter of Dutch interior scenes of the 17th century.
He is often compared to Vermeer or at least mentioned in the same phrase, De Hooch being 3 years older than Vermeer.
However Vermeer’s paintings are more emotional. Vermeer is a master in creating an atmosphere, the interior being an accessory to help express the feelings he brushes down so delicately.
De Hooch is more precise, making the interior communicate with the exterior by opening doors and windows, using tiled floors to accentuate the perspective. The interior scene an elegant way to allow painting elaborated surroundings.
Before 1660 De Hooch lived in Delft there he painted middle class interior scenes.
When he moved to Amsterdam his clientele being wealthier the interiors reflect this. High ceilings, rich furniture, paintings on the walls, elaborated tapestries and indeed gilt leather
Theses paintings were painted around 1664
The Tapestry Room at ISGM
I’m quite an amateur of the eclectic mix of contemporary furniture and antiques.
Or antique furniture with modern art.
I love the lived-in interiors, not too neat nor too neglected, rooms filled with memories and faded colours.
This dining area in the Tapestry Room at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is in his “medieval” ways just splendid.
At ISGM they describe the Tapestry Room as follows:
“The Tapestry Room is one of the few galleries affording room to wander freely. The sense of space and openness that visitors will discover in the restored Tapestry Room will be amazing—and unexpected for many—and a celebration of Gardner’s original vision.”
—Gianfranco Pocobene, Head of Conservation
While the Tapestry Room was being restored we were asked to reproduce the Giltleather for the dining room chairs .
Some of the original leather panels traveled to our workshop and in cooperation with the conservators we provided new Giltleather.
From the original Giltleather some was gone beyond salvation, mostly the seats.
One back of a chair, though severely damaged, was in good enough, readable state to allow us to recreate the right gilding and the matching colour palette.
The design that lined the chairs is the one we call the “Korfus” and it’s actualy one of the first moulds we made,I believe it will stay on the catalogue ….. forever !
Pictures above are courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston. Many thanks.