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Merrymakers in an Inn  1674

by Adriaen van Ostade

Over the course of a long and successful career, Adriaen van Ostade specialized in peasant subjects, his treatment of this theme mirroring the general evolution of Dutch painting in the 17th century. In his earlier works, he took a satirical approach to his subject, using a monochrome tonality and visible brushstrokes. The clear, relatively bright colors and fine brushwork...
18 3/8 × 16 1/8 in. (46.7 × 41 cm)
Oil on panel
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago