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Adriaen van Ostade

Dutch, (1610–1685)
Adriaen van Ostade was one of Holland's leading painter of peasant and genre painting. His subjects included the village fair or kermis, village inn scenes, family life, domestic and agricultural work, and trades. Van Ostade probably trained in Frans Hals's workshop, where the subject matter of fellow student Adriaen Brouwer determined Van Ostade's own themes. In his early work, Van Ostade depicted scenes of peasants engaged in debauchery using Rembrandt van Rijn's forceful chiaroscuro. Later, Van Ostade portrayed calmer, more respectable people in comfortable interiors with carefully structured spaces and picturesque clutter.

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