About this artwork
Throughout his career, the Dutch painter Adriaen van Ostade depicted rustic genre scenes of peasants enjoying village pleasures; these had a major influence on the subject matter of Dutch art both during and after the 17th century. Cornelis Visscher’s work echoes the liveliness and warmth of Van Ostade’s, showing a merry group of peasants gathering in an interior to talk and enjoy a smoke. The small pair of skates on the floor in the center of the foreground indicates that the group may have returned from an afternoon of ice-skating, a popular leisure activity during the period.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Cornelis Visscher
- Interior, called "The Skaters"
- Artist's working dates 1649–1658
- Etching and engraving on cream laid paper
- 427 x 345 mm (image); 436 x 352 mm (plate); 456 x 371 mm (sheet)
- Gift of Horace S. Oakley