The Pater Familias

Adriaen van OSTADE

Haarlem 1610 – 1685 Haarlem

"The Pater Familias", 1648

Etching. 12.9 x 9.6 cm.
Signed and dated below in image: "Av Ostade 1648"

Literature: Bartsch/TIB 33; Hollstein 33 V (VI); Godefroy 33 V (V); Amsterdam 1998, cat. no. 34

Very fine impression in good condition, evenly printed with light plate tone, inky plate edges, and small margins all around.

During a period of more than five decades Adriaen van Ostade made fifty plates, making him one of the most productive and celebrated printmakers of the Dutch Golden Age. Like his contemporary Rembrandt (1606–1669), he was one of the few Dutch graphic artists who would often rework the plates in various states. His printed oeuvre consists mostly out of genre themes, of which this intimate scene of a peasant family at home is very fine example.

Whereas in the pictorial tradition peasants used to be depicted as uncivilized and associated with an unpolished and rough way of life, Van Ostade’s approach of the subject contributed to the transformation of the genre to an exemplar of the simple and vigorous life.

Price: USD 1,500 / EURO 1,300

5 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches