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Dutch Peasant Family Adriaen van Ostade


Adriaen van Ostade Haarlem, 1610 – Haarlem, 1684

Culture Netherlandish
Date late 1640s
Object type drawing
Medium, technique pen, brown ink, grey, brown wash over graphite on paper

238 x 194 mm

Inventory number 1555
Collection Prints and Drawings
On view This artwork is not on display

Van Ostade’s drawings, paintings and engravings give an accurate picture of Dutch peasant life in the 17th century. Compared to the artist’s earlier compositions, this drawing, produced around 1647-48, shows a lighter and more spacious interior, and the scene of the humble family eating oyster, with the children playing around their parents, is more idyllic and more harmonious than in his earlier works. This sheet is close to Ostade’s etching entitled Peasant Family.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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