Adriaen van Ostade’s oil painting on panel, Three Peasants at an Inn, depicts a lively scene of three men in an inn. The painter was known for his unique portrayal of villagers and peasants, and this artwork is no exception. Created in 1647, it showcases peasants enjoying each others company in a humble setting. The painting measures 27 x 22 cm and is currently located at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK.
Despite the disorganized space within the inn, Van Ostade arranged the elements carefully to draw attention to the center of the painting. One man lights his pipe while another raises his glass in celebration. A third tunes his fiddle. This arrangement creates movement within the painting. Van Ostade’s use of earthy tones contributes to the overall atmosphere of the scene. The crude detail puts into perspective how simple life was during this time period for most people.