“The Schoolmaster” is a oil on panel painting created in 1644 by Adriaen van Ostade. It showcases a classroom scene from the 17th century and is now part of the collections at the Louvre.
Adriaen van Ostade was a Dutch Golden Age painter best known for his genre works that depict scenes from everyday life.
Ostade’s “The Schoolmaster” invites viewers to immerse themselves in the details of a typical classroom scene during this time period. The painting captures the warm tones of the environment, with an older teacher sitting at a chair, and several school children scattered about, presumably working on their studies.
Born in Haarlem, Ostade received his training by revered artist Frans Hals. His works showcased individuals living in poverty-stricken communities alongside other subjects crucial to contemporary life such as music, theatre performances or drinkers gathered around tavern tables. “The Schoolmaster” remains one example of Adriaen van Ostade’s deftness when it comes to capturing realistic scenes typical of the commoner in his time period.