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The van Ostade brothers

Adriaen and his younger brother Isack van Ostade were pupils of the famed Dutch portraitist Frans Hals. The brothers specialised in the depiction of peasants – Isack, who died aged only 28, focusing on exterior cottage views and Adriaen on humble, flood-lit interiors. The influence of Dou is particularly evident in the work of Adriaen; every nail, pebble and flagstone is meticulously rendered.

Adriaen van Ostade (Haarlem 1610-Haarlem 1685)

The Interior of a Peasant's Cottage

Adriaen van Ostade (Haarlem 1610-Haarlem 1685)

An elderly Couple in an Arbour