Adriaen van Ostade (Adriaen Hendricx) was born in 1610 in Haarlem. His father, Jan Hendricx, came from Ostade near Eindhoven, and his sons, Adriaen and Isaack, 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 added.
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. 1989.
Dutch Still Life. XVII century by E.Fehner. Moscow. Izobrazitelnoe iskusstvo. 1990.
Painting of Europe. XIII-XX centuries. Encyclopedic Dictionary. Moscow. Iskusstvo. 1999.
c.1635. Oil on panel. 28.8 x 36.5 cm. Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany.