|Description: We offer an original print by Adriaen van Ostade. “The Smoker at the Window” is 7 1/8” x 6 1/8” with faint plate lines intact, mounted to a board and trimmed 9 ¼” x 7 7/8” (a larger margin than customary seen on prints of the period). It is signed in the plate “A. Ostade.” Item #PR00208.
With a masterful sense of scale and composition, Ostade’s controlled cross hatching creates depth and form; from the voluminous smoker’s sleeve to the delicate grape leaves hanging over the window frame to the painstaking subtleties of the wooden shutter.
Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685) lived and worked in Haarlem. He may have been apprenticed to Frans Hals together with Adriaen Brouwer. The latter’s influence is discernable in Van Ostade's early paintings. He continued to paint scenes of village life in taverns and domestic interiors throughout his career. He also painted the seamier side of life: disreputable lawyers, teachers and quacksalvers. Van Ostade held various positions in Haarlem’s artist guild and served in the civic guard. He seems to have done well. Indeed, he was highly productive, with over eight hundred paintings and a couple of hundred drawings and watercolours. Van Ostade was a popular artist in his day. He taught several pupils, among them his younger brother Isaack van Ostade, Cornelis Bega and, probably,Jan Steen. (from the Rijk Museum website)
Condition: Laid down, margins darkened from prior framing, good, presentable condition with new matting.