Village Feast (1638) by Adriaen van Ostade

Village Feast - Adriaen van Ostade - 1638

Artwork Information

TitleVillage Feast
ArtistAdriaen van Ostade
Date1638
MediumOil on Panel
Dimensions19.5 x 39 cm
Art MovementBaroque
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
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About Village Feast

Adriaen van Ostade was a renowned Dutch painter who specialized in genre works. One of his most notable creations is the painting titled “Village Feast,” completed in 1638. This 19.5 x 39 cm oil on panel work captures the everyday lives of ordinary men and women. The painting depicts 6 villagers, along with one dog.  The villagers are festive, with one playing a violin, and presumably singing.

Ostade was an artist who explored various mediums, including prints, etchings, and watercolors. He was born in Haarlem in 1610 and died in 1685 after decades of producing works that often depicted the lives of peasants.

Ostade’s style has been described as raw and emotional; his characters are vibrant and realistic. “Village Feast” exemplifies Ostade’s style with its warm color palette, intricate detailing, and overall lifelike portrayal of the scene.

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