About this artwork
Over the course of a long and successful career, Adriaen van Ostade specialized in peasant subjects, his treatment of this theme mirroring the general evolution of Dutch painting in the 17th century. In his earlier works, he took a satirical approach to his subject, using a monochrome tonality and visible brushstrokes. The clear, relatively bright colors and fine brushwork of this late painting are in keeping with the refined taste of the later 17th century. Similarly, the rustic figures depicted here, while vividly characterized, are quite decorous in their enjoyment of village pleasures.
- Adriaen van Ostade
- Merrymakers in an Inn
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed, lower left: A. van Ostade 1674
- 18 3/8 × 16 1/8 in. (46.7 × 41 cm)
- George B. and Mary R. Harris Fund