Adriaen van Ostade

Adriaen van Ostade - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Neither moralist nor social critic, Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685) was Holland's leading painter of peasant and low-life genre painting. His subjects included the village fair or kermis, village inn scenes, family life, domestic and agricultural work, and trades. 

An extremely prolific artist, Van Ostade produced hundreds of paintings; over eight hundred survive. Van Ostade also painted portraits and still lifes and added figures to paintings by Pieter Saenredam, Jacob van Ruisdael, and others. After Rembrandt, he was the major Dutch etcher of his day. Van Ostade's watercolors, about half of which were made after 1670, were attempts to duplicate the effect of his oil paintings through watercolor and were in much demand. His students included his brother Isack and Jan Steen. After his death, Johannes Vermeer directed the sale of the vast contents of Van Ostade's studio.

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'The Skaters', Peasants in an Interior

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Compared with the often ill-natured-looking drunkards of his teacher Adriaen Brouwer, the country folk in the paintings by Adriaen van Ostade are more mildmannered. They drink and smoke, but the atmosphere is generally peaceful. The pair of skates lying on the ground inspired the painting’s old, anecdotal title. 1650, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A baker blowing his horn

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A baker blowing his horn. A man leans to the outside and blows a horn. On the left,  a basket and vines. 1630-1685, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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A confidential chat

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A farmer and his wife sitting at a table in a tavern. She has a glass in hand, he may have a tin. On the table are a pipe and a waffle. 1672, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Peasant Festival on a Town Street

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Neither moralist nor social critic, Adriaen van Ostade aimed only to capture the lively spirit of his peasant subjects' daily activities. He animated this scene with lively penwork but also exploited the potential of watercolor. His thin, translucent washes allowed the white of the paper to show through. In brilliant colors, they suffuse the whole street...
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Peasants in an Interior

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Three men and a woman discuss daily matters, and a child eats soup or porridge while a dog looks on. Peasant life does not seem at all bad. In Van Ostade’s early works, peasants regularly tumble over one another brawling, but in his later paintings, like this one, they are usually calmer and much more collected. 1661, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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The dancing couple

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The dancing couple. Tavern interior with a farmer and his wife who dance to the music of a violin player standing on a barrel. On the right, a smoker and a man drinking. 1625-1640, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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The fishwife

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Behind a stall in the market, a woman sells fish. On the table, a crab and several large and small fish (haddock and yellowtail flounder), on the right, a large cut salmon and scales. 1672, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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The Painter’s Studio

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This painter is hardly rich: his workshop is located in an old, dark building. His artistic ambitions are not high, for on the easel is a modest landscape. Nevertheless, he has two apprentices. Van Ostade is here poking gentle fun at his own specialization. He did not portray his own studio, but invented the workshop of an ordinary painter who could have...
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The quack

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The quack. Near a tent, under a tree, the quack praises his cure. A farmer, his wife and some children are watching. 1648, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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Travellers at Rest

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An elderly peasant and a somewhat younger man who has been hunting – his game bag and gun lie next to him – are seated with a tankard of beer or a pipe in the garden of an inn. After 1670 Adriaen van Ostade painted very few interiors; scenes set in the open air gained the upper hand. These tableaux contain little in the way of a moralizing message;...
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