Adriaen van Ostade

The painter Adriaen van Ostade, 1610-1685
The life of Adriaen van Ostade
Adriaen was born the eldest son in Haarlem on December 10, 1610 and was baptized on December 19, 1610. His father Jan Hendricx originally came from Ostade near Eindhoven. Adriaen and his brother Isaack, who later also started painting, adopted this name as Van Ostade’s surname.

Adriaen was married twice, both women died prematurely.

He studied with Frans Hals and became a member of the Sint Lucasgilde in 1634. During his lifetime he was already a very wealthy man. Adriaen died on 28 April 1685 in his home town of Haarlem.

The work of Adriaen van Ostade
Adriaen’s work falls under the Dutch School and can be divided into 3 periods.

In the 1st period he painted peasants and villagers. These paintings were often a cheerful caricature of these people. Adriaen played with light and dark.

In the second period, around 1640, he still painted the peasants and villagers, but his work became quieter and warmer and he no longer painted caricatures. Adriaen was influenced by Rembrandt. Adriaen also painted landscapes at the time, but that was not really where his passion lay.

His work consisted not only of paintings but also of drawings and engravings. He did the latter mainly at the end of his life, the 3rd period.

His brother Isaack and also Jan Steen have been taught at Adriaen.
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