About this artwork
Over the course of a long and successful career in Haarlem, Adriaen van Ostade specialized in peasant subjects, including tavern scenes and village fairs. This late painting combines motifs from both types, including smoking and drinking figures and musicians serenading a dancing couple. The artist used clear, relatively bright colors and fine brushwork, in keeping with the market demand of the later 1600s. Collectors also appreciated the range of emotions and gestures exhibited by Van Ostade’s jolly figures.
- Adriaen van Ostade
- Merrymakers in an Inn
- Oil on panel
- Inscribed, lower left: A. van Ostade 1674
- 18 3/8 × 16 1/8 in. (46.7 × 41 cm)
- George B. and Mary R. Harris Fund