van Ostade (Adriaen Hendricx) was born in 1610 in Haarlem. His father,
Jan Hendricx, came from Ostade near Eindhoven, and his sons, Adriaen and
adopted this name as painters. In 1627, Adriaen was a pupil of Frans
Hals, and, in 1634 joined the Lukas Guild in Haarlem of which he was
later the head, in 1647, 1661 and 1662.
He was one of the most popular Dutch painters, specializing from the start
in genre painting of peasant life. In his early period, A. van Ostade was
under the influence of A. Brouwer,
in the 1640s of Rembrandt.
From about 1650 his paintings turned more and more towards Delft genre
painting, the interiors became more pleasant, and open-air scenes were
Adriaen van Ostade had many pupils and followers, the most important among
them were his younger brother, Isack, Jan
Steen, Cornelis Dusart, and Cornelis Pietersz Bega.
The artist died in Haarlem in 1685.
Adriaen van Ostade by Yu. Kuznetsov. Leningrad 1960.
Painting of Western Europe. XVII century. Moscow. Iskusstvo.
Dutch Still Life. XVII century by E.Fehner. Moscow. Izobrazitelnoe
Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary.
Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.