'La main chaude', Dutch Party Playing Games in an Interior

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Lundens was born in Amsterdam and lived there between 1643 and 1683. He is best known for a small size copy of Rembrandt’s 'The Night Watch'.

La main chaude, or 'the hot hand', was a popular game in which the main player had to guess who was hitting their hand, whilst they covered their eyes in the lap of another player. In regards to Lunden's painting, the main action of the game, with the female in the yellow skirt placing her hand on her back, is illuminated by the light from the left-hand window.

The figures look out of the frame towards the viewers, almost as if they are inviting us to join in with this flirtatious game.

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'La main chaude', Dutch Party Playing Games in an Interior


oil on panel


H 34 x W 44.5 cm

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presented by D. P. Sellar, 1898

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