The Merry Family by Jan Steen
The Merry Family is one of the most famous masterpieces of Jan Steen. This painting, made in 1668, shows perfectly how people back then were dressed, how they lived, ate and drank.
In the painting a living room is depicted, in which many things are going on and everybody appears to have his own individual business. We see chaos and children are acting exactly as they want to, doing things which are not good for them like drinking wine and smoking. The Merry Family shows a messy household in which there are no rules and discipline is lacking. The Merry Family is a ‘household of Jan Steen’.
Attached on the chimney is a little note, meaning ‘what older people do, will be copied by the younger ones’. By using this old expression it is made clear that youngsters will copy the bad attitude and behaving of their parents, very obvious in this painting. Jan Steen wanted to warn the society of this by painting this scene.
A masterpiece of Jan Steen
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