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Adriaen van Ostade

 

 

Adriaen van Ostade was the eldest son of Jan Hendricx Ostade, a weaver from the hamlet of Ostade near Eindhoven. Although Adriaen and his brother Isaack were born in Haarlem, they adopted the name “van Ostade” as painters. Adriaen became a pupil in 1627 of the portrait painter Frans Hals, at that time the master of Jan Miense Molenaer.

In 1632, he is registered in Utrecht (where he was probably influenced by the village scenes of Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot, which were popular in his day), but in 1634 he was back in Haarlem where he joined the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke.

Aged 26, he joined a company of the civic guard at Haarlem, and at twenty-eight he married. His wife died two years later in 1640. In 1657, “as a widower”, he married Anna Ingels. He again became a widower in 1666. He opened a workshop and took on pupils: Cornelis Pietersz Bega, Cornelis Dusart, Jan de Groot, Michiel van Musscher, Isaac van Ostade, Evert Oudendijck, and Jan Steen

 

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