SORGH, Hendrick Maertensz.
(b. ca. 1610, Rotterdam, d. 1670, Rotterdam)

A Kitchen

c. 1643
Oil on wood, 52 x 44 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This scene, representing two kitchen maids working in the bright light of a tall window, is a typical domestic scene by Hendrick Sorgh. A barely seen amorous couple are squeezed in between the maids. The painter devoted close attention to the still-life elements on the cabinet by the window and across the foreground.