Pieter de Bloot
c.1601 – 1658
A Peasant Family in an Interior
This small panel is typical in the oeuvre of de Bloot. His figures have instantly recognisable features with rounded faces and bulbous noses. He also imbues his characters with a small touch of humour. Despite this, his paintings are usually faithful renditions of peasant conditions and make no effort to romanticize the harsh reality of their lives.
Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Rodaun, Vienna