Bernard de Hoog, The Evening Meal

Bernard de Hoog, The Evening Meal

This heart-warming interior scene by Belgian artist Bernard de Hoog (1867-1943) depicts a young family within a rustic cottage interior. The table is blessed with a divine light as the mother cuts bread for the evening meal. Her son looks upwards with keen anticipation as her baby sleeps in a large wicker crib. 

De Hoog has imbued this humble setting with a deep sense of dignity. It’s a sensitive portrayal that’s skilfully rendered. Note how the posture of both the mother and child is suggestive of prayer. Her head is bowed while the son’s hands are clasped. 

The artist is sending a message - that despite the lack of means, the sincerest moments arise from love and humility.

Signed in the lower right and framed.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 21” x 25” / 53cm x 64cm
Year of creation: c. 1920
Condition: Artwork presents well. Craquelure but the paint is stable. Relined. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £31,669 achieved for an oil painting in 2012.

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