Adriaen van Ostade , 1610-85, Dutch genre painter, born Haarlem. Trained in
the studio of Frans Hals , he was strongly influenced by his fellow student
Adriaen Brouwer . Van Ostade created good-humored depictions of village and
peasant life, in which the figures are lively in expression and action. Later,
under the influence of Rembrandt , he used a warmer palette and deeper
chiaroscuro (high-contrast) effects. His work after 1650 was refined, the color
and light skillfully balanced. In addition to his more than 1,000 oils, van
Ostade executed about 50 graphic works and supplied figures for many other
He is represented in important collections throughout Europe and the United
States. Among his many notable works are Peasants in an Inn (The Hague); The
Drinker (Louvre); The Smoker (Antwerp); and The Old Fiddler (Metropolitan Musuem
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