Teaching a Child to Walk
(c. 1668-1672) is an oil
on canvas painting by the Dutch
painter Pieter de Hooch
. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting
and is part of the collection of the Museum der bildenden Künste
This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot
in 1908, who wrote; "35. TEACHING THE CHILD TO WALK. Sm.
22 ; deG. 62. In the left-hand corner of a room sits a woman, almost directly facing the spectator. She wears an orange-coloured dress and has a basket of apples on her lap, and a dish of peeled apples on a chair beside her. On the right a servant-girl, with skirt tucked up, is bringing a child in leading-strings
. The child stretches its hands towards an apple which
the mother holds out. Behind the servant -girl is a fireplace with a pilaster worked in delicate relief; upon the chimney-piece are Chinese porcelain vases, and above it hangs a picture. In the left foreground, below a half-opened window, is a table with an Oriental carpet, upon which are a mug on a tray, and a glass. This part of the room with the lower corner of the open window is reflected in a mirror, which hangs above the woman's head on a wall illumined with yellow light. It is a genuine, though not a very well preserved, picture of the later years of his best period. Signed to the left on the window-frame "P de hooch" ; canvas, 26 1/2 inches by 24 inches. Described by Parthey, 1863 (i. 622). Bought in 1811 (for 700 thalers) according to the Ltitzschena catalogue. The picture described by Sm., measuring 24 inches by 20 inches, was in the sale of M. de Sereville, Paris, January 21, 1812 (2000 francs, bought in). Now in the collection of the Freiherr Speck von Sternburg
, in Liitzschena,
No. 204 in the 1889 catalogue. Published in the portfolio of the Photo-graphische Gesellschaft, 1904, No. 31." Read more...