This raucous peasant scene appeals to multiple senses: one can almost hear the boisterous laughing and yelling, smell the pipe smoke, and feel the warmth of the fire. Over the course of his long career, Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade frequently depicted peasant scenes in paintings and etchings. In this early work, Van Ostade portrayed the rowdier side of peasant behavior, an effect heightened by the unsteadiness of both the figures and the architecture. A young boy beats a girl with a spoon amid a group of reveling adults at right, and two people at left tend to the fire. The refined pinks and blues contrast with the brown tones and, along with the dramatic use of light, intensify the crudeness of the scene. Van Ostade's later works tend to present peasants behaving in a more proper fashion.


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Artist
Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch, 1610–1685
Title
Interior with Drinking Figures and Crying Children
Drinking Figures and Crying Children
Date
1634
Medium
Oil on panel
Dimensions
Panel: 12 1/4 × 16 7/8 in. (31.1 × 42.9 cm)
Credit Line

Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
217 BLAFFER GALLERIES
Accession Number
BF.1979.4
Classification
Painting
Provenance

[P. de Boer Gallery, Amsterdam]; purchased by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, 1979.