British Museum collections, £12.99
Height: 238.000 mm
Width: 181.000 mm
PD S. 1486 (Hollstein 32)
Prints and Drawings
Adriaen van Ostade, The Painter, an etching
The Netherlands, around AD 1663 (state IV)
A painter at work in a humble studio
Adriaen van Ostade (1610-85) is best known for his low-life paintings of taverns and peasant festivities, which ultimately derive from Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and German printmakers of the sixteenth-century. His fifty etchings earned him a reputation as a printmaker second only to Rembrandt among his Dutch contemporaries.
comparison with Rembrandt's
Unlike the artist in this etching, van Ostade became prosperous from the sale of his prints and some 800 paintings. The wide margin below the image later carried an inscription comparing him to Apelles, the famous artist of antiquity.
A. Griffiths (ed.), Landmarks in print collecting (London, The British Museum Press)