Only 6 weeks left to see "Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer." Foreign visitors to the Dutch Republic often remarked on women’s independence. Though most married, many did not. For a woman with a family, a primary responsibility was to educate her daughters and train them to be good wives. Pieter de Hooch, Dutch (1629–after 1684). "Interior with Women beside a Linen Cupboard," 1663.
Pieter de Hooch is best known for his paintings of orderly interiors and sunny courtyards. You can view several of his works, including 'The Courtyard of a House in Delft', in room 25: http://bit.ly/1K0hy6u
In this mature work of the Pieter de Hooch’s Amsterdam years, the pretty hostess of a country inn explains her method of accounting to a modishly attired customer. The seemingly flirtatious couple is surrounded by skillfully diversified effects of light.
Featured Artwork of the Day: Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, 1629–1684) | Paying the Hostess | ca. 1670 http://met.org/1HWkvU5
Pieter de Hooch was a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his genre scenes of quiet domestic scenes with a few figures. He was a contemporary of Jan Vermeer, with whom his work shares themes and style. Wikipedia