Paying the Hostess

Pieter de Hooch Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 614

In the yard of a country inn, a fashionably attired man and his hostess appear to be disputing his bill. In the background, other guests continue their revelry, while a man delivers sheaves of wheat and a woman and child look on. In Dutch scenes of everyday life, themes of buying and selling between men and women often convey connotations of flirtation and sex, as may be suggested by the overlapping hands of the central figures here.

Paying the Hostess, Pieter de Hooch (Dutch, Rotterdam 1629–1684 Amsterdam), Oil on canvas

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