The picture I choose is “Figures in a Courtyard behind a House” by Pieter de Hooch. The first thing I noticed is the red house roof. The color red is very intense and grabs the attention of the eye immediately. Then my focus shift to the blue sky and clouds lighten up by the sunlight and shift back toward the figure washing a pot under the sunlight. Eventually, my attention is on the three figures around the table. According to Brusati, I have just completed a process of “spherical field of view”, which is the result of using the technique of horizon line. (Pg. 917, Brusati) My eyes viewed the painting by focusing on one point at a time and eventually circled back to the first point where I started. Thus, there are multiple perspectives with at least four points of perspective. If we added the door opened to the front yard with trees, and open door and windows of the house, there will be about six perspectives of looking at this painting. Each point of perspective leads me to imagine the story and scenery behind these figures and spaces. I wonder about the conversation the figures are having and their roles in the household. At the same time, the open doors and windows make me want to explore the house and the front yard. As stated by Brusati, I do want the owner of the house to guide me around and tell me their stories. Through imagining, I am able to get a glimpse into the everyday life of the people in the 1600s. Apart from daily life, the painting also revealed that at the moment the people are living a peaceful and happy life.
Pieter de Hooch, Figures in a Courtyard behind a House, c. 1663-c.1665, https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/artists/pieter-de-hooch/objects#/SK-C-150,1