The Merry Drinkers (1659) by Adriaen van Ostade

The Merry Drinkers - Adriaen van Ostade - 1659

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TitleThe Merry Drinkers
ArtistAdriaen van Ostade
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions30.4 x 25.2 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMauritshuis, The Hague, Netherlands
Location CreatedHaarlem, The Netherlands
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About The Merry Drinkers

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.

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