Pieter De Hooch. The Drinker. 1658
This indoor scene, which announces Vermeer contains a moral significance. A courtesan and entremetteuse receive two men in a house of appointment.
The table condemns the pleasures of the directions like those of the flesh, alcohol or the tobacco. The scenes of the everyday life in middle-class interiors carried out in Delft (Netherlands) are the topic of predilection of Pieter de Hooch. Its style reveals the influence of Vermeer and Carel Fabritius by the plays of light and the chromatism. It generally paints the characters afterwards in already finished interiors.
This gives force and rigour to the construction of its painting.