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a family of Dutch painters.

Adriaen van Ostade. Baptized Dec. 10, 1610, in Haarlem; buried there May 2, 1685. One of the masters of the peasant genre in 17th-century Dutch painting.

Ostade was most likely a pupil of Frans Hals. Initially influenced by A. Brouwer, Ostade painted coarsely grotesque scenes of carousals and brawls. At the end of the 1630’s, he came under the influence of Rembrandt and his works took on brownish-golden tones and were marked by an emphasis on chiaroscuro. The general mood of his paintings of this period was one of good-natured humor and gentle contemplation, for example, The Flutist (c. 1660; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow). Ostade’s graphic works (etchings, watercolors, drawings) are distinguished by a picturesque quality and astute observations of life.

Isack van Ostade. Baptized July 2, 1621, in Haarlem; buried there Oct. 16, 1649. Brother and pupil of Adriaen, who influenced his early works.

Ostade’s works of the 1640’s, which included outdoor scenes and landscapes (especially winter landscapes), were distinguished by a silvery palette that subtly conveyed the elusive qualities of light, for example, The Frozen Lake (1642; Hermitage, Leningrad).


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It was such a strange scene to me, and so confined and dark, that, at first, I could make out hardly anything; but, by degrees, it cleared, as my eyes became more accustomed to the gloom, and I seemed to stand in a picture by OSTADE.
A judge heard the palace attendant stole An Elderly Couple in an Arbour, by Dutch master Adriaen van Ostade, as well as a PS4,000 bowl and PS400 in silver cutlery, because officials didn't show sympathy when he broke his elbow.
Portraying local peasants in festive moods, in the vein of Adriaen van Ostade, these works were sold as individual hand-coloured etchings on paper.
Irrespective of the controversies mentioned above, it remains a fact that throughout the Early Modern English period the level of spelling variation lowered considerably, and in the second half of the seventeenth century, in printed texts, it achieved a state close in many respects to the present one, whereas handwritten documents attained this level much later (Gorlach 2001: 78, Salmon 1999: 44, Tieken-Boon van Ostade 2009: 46-50).
Elle est pratiquee par de nombreux peintres, italiens comme Michelangelo Cerquozzi (1602-1660), francais comme Jacques Callot (1592-1635) ou Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671), neerlandais comme Jan Miel (1599-1663) ou Adriaen Van Ostade (1610-1685).
David's interest in the landscape is illustrated by a small print collection which ranges from Old Master etchings by Adrian Ostade and Nicholas Berchem to 19th and 20th Century artist such as Thomas Creswick, Pierre Bonnard, Segonzac, Joseph Webb, Frank Short, Gerald Leslie Brockhurst and Sir David Young Cameron.
The stance, that is, of Soren Oloop, the most illustrious of the Oloops, in that Van Ostade painting.
Thus when deciphering the paintings of Van Ostade and his peasants, Barthes writes that "they have abortive shapeless faces as if they were unfinished creatures, rough drafts of men, arrested at an earlier stage of development" (8).
The paintings include Steen's Charlatan On The Market, as well as works by Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and Cornelis Dusart.
Rich with intertextual details and a thicket of footnotes--pointing to a Jan Havickszoon Steen here, an Adriaen van Ostade there--this scrupulously detailed paper calls out for a powerpoint presentation and was, in fact, beautifully illustrated in Yeazell's lecture along the same lines at the Thomas Hardy Association's Hardy at Yale conference in June.
The peasant scenes of his pupils Adriaen van Ostade and Adriaen Brouwer, although often resolutely bawdy, are more imaginative than their master's periodic lapses into respectability.
Works of Rembrandt's contemporaries and followers such as Jan Lievens, Nicolaes Maes, Adriaen van Ostade and more are also examined in context.