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Pieter de Hooch (Rotterdam 1629-Amsterdam 1684)

The Music Party Signed and dated 1667

RCIN 403028

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This scene is probably imaginary, though similar to de Hooch’s portrait groups of the same date. These figures are not presented to us: it is as if we have wandered into their room unnoticed. De Hooch paints brilliantly the effect of looking through a dark room to a sunlit street beyond.