HOOCH, Pieter de
(b. 1629, Rotterdam, d. 1684, Amsterdam)

The Empty Glass

Oil on panel, 44 x 35 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

De Hooch's earliest known paintings date from about 1653-54, when he was living in Rotterdam. Inn scenes such as the Empty Glass have been compared with a wide range of tavern interiors, including approximately contemporary works by Terborch and Van den Eeckhout. De Hooch's tonal palette of browns and yellows and to some extent his chiaroscuro effects remind one of Pieter Codde, Jan Miense Molenaer, and other artists working in Haarlem or Amsterdam. But his subjects and excitable figure types have been more closely associated with painters in Rotterdam.