The Merry Drinkers is an oil painting crafted by renowned Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade in 1659. This artwork measures approximately 30.4 x 25.2 cm and depicts three peasants joyously seated around a table, presumable in a tavern. One peasant is playing a violin, one holds a pipe for smoking, and one holds a tall glass of what appears to be beer.
Adriaen van Ostade specialized in portraying peasant scenes that depict the everyday life of ordinary men and women. “The Merry Drinkers” is a very typical piece by him, and it showcases some very common themes shared among Ostade’s works, including violins, pipes, peasants, drinking, and taverns.