Officer Paying a Woman in a Stable: Pieter de Hooch

Pieter de Hooch: Officer Paying a Woman in a Stable

Officer Paying a Woman in a Stable is a 1670 scene of an encounter between a traveler and a country inn host painted by Pieter de Hooch. The Dutch artist’s attention to the incidental details are notable, such as the dog investigating the transaction, the servant gathering the hay for the officer’s journey and the domestic scene to the right.

The woman in the foreground is perhaps giving directions while accepting the fee. The painting is also often titled ‘Paying the Hostess’.

Pieter de Hooch’s Officer Paying a Woman in a Stable is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

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