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Violin Player Seated in the Inn

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.




Cornelis Dusart
Dutch, 1660-1704

About this artwork

Cornelis Dusart and his teacher Adriaen van Ostade both delighted in rustic portrayals of peasant life. This etching is a variation on a popular theme: peasants carousing inside or in front of an inn. It portrays old and young alike enjoying the jovial melodies of itinerant fiddlers, and contains a wealth of anecdotal detail, such as the child’s socks drying near the fireplace. But while Ostade employs quirky lines with bold contrasts of light and dark, Dusart uses smaller, more densely placed marks to create a grayer tonality.


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Cornelis Dusart


Violin Player Seated in the Inn


Holland (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1685


Etching in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 28 × 25.1 cm (11 1/16 × 9 15/16 in.); Sheet: 30.3 × 27 cm (11 15/16 × 10 11/16 in.)

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John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

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