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Fine Arts Friday: How do you pronounce that?

Last week, we started looking at a new artist, Pieter de Hooch (or Hoogh). He’s also a Dutch painter from the 17th century like the previous artist, Jacob Van Ruisdael (or Ruysdael).  Dutch pronunciations are . . .fun, so I found a video that demonstrates the proper form. The narrator pronounces his name at 0:53 It’s kinda like a clearing your throat gently. Not like a big guy hacking, but like a lady. The video is also a nice brief synopsis on Hooch, his style, and the times he lived.


Both de Hooch and Ruisdael painted during the Dutch Golden Age. This was a time of great prosperity for the Netherlands in trade, scientific, military, and art. The two most famous artists of this period are Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer.  Some experts think Hooch influenced Vermeer, or maybe vice versa, and perhaps “archrivals”, but we know for sure they were contemporaries in the same city of Delft.

Where Ruisdael painted beautiful and sweeping landscapes, de Hooch painted detailed domestic scenes.  We’re using the Ambleside Online schedule, so we’re studying Courtyard of a house in Delft. (Actually, we’re off schedule, this is term 2, but we switched terms 2 and 3.) We study the same painting for two weeks.  If you follow the Ambleside schedule, your child will have a treasury of over 200 beautiful masterpieces stored in his mind’s gallery by the time he graduates.

In my first ever Fine Arts Friday, I talked a little about the process of picture study and about how very easy picture study is. You just. . . look. Picture study is not about your child becoming an art critique, but about helping them build a treasury of beautiful art. I do give a brief biography of the artist and the time in which he paints, but just as context. We don’t have quizzes or tests or “What dates did this guy live” and multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. *shudder* Picture study is mainly about making the art their own.

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Technology has made artist study very easy.  Paintings are easily found and can be printed or viewed digitally. (Here’s a good primer on fair use of copyrighted material for homeschoolers.) Normally, I put the picture on a flash drive and put it on our tv (our own in-home gallery!), but I couldn’t find the drive last week so we just looked at it on the computer. That actually turned out to be a great thing with this painting because the kids could zoom in and discover all the wonderful detail he puts in his painting.  Some of their discoveries include the interesting carved face at the apex of the arch, the man in the upper window, and the initials of the artist carved in the bottom of the door frame.

So we look, they tell, and we enjoy the beauty. Really, it couldn’t be easier.

Bonus de Hooch, just for fun and beauty and a puppy.

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