The meticulous execution and excellent condition make this one of the most attractive paintings in De Hooch's late, Amsterdam oeuvre. Man reading a letter to a woman was painted in the years 1670-74. De Hooch has here harmoniously combined a balanced composition with subtle effects of light. The interaction between the man reading the letter at the left and the central figure of the woman with a dreamy look on her face, makes this picture extraordinarily touching.


  • Title: Man reading a letter to a woman
  • Creator: Pieter de Hooch
  • Date Created: 1674 - 1676
  • Signed: Signed on the foot-warmer: P.d.Hoo...
  • Physical Dimensions: w69.9 x h77 cm (without frame)
  • Painter: Pieter de Hooch
  • Collector's note:: This work was painted in Amsterdam between 1674 and 1676. The story being told, is exceptionally convincing and makes this one of the artist's masterpieces of his Amsterdam period.
  • Type: Canvas
  • Rights: http://www.thekremercollection.com/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Aetas Aurea Holding SA, The Kremer Collection website

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