Village Tavern with Four Figures is a Baroque genre painting by Adriaen van Ostade, which portrays a lively scene in a rustic village pub. This masterpiece of Dutch painting was painted in 1635 and can be found in the Residenzgalerie in Salzburg, Austria. The oil on wood painting measures 13 x 16.5 cm and is considered a good example of Ostade’s style, focusing on ordinary people and everyday life.
Ostade portrays four peasants enjoying themselves around a table in an otherwise empty tavern.
In this painting, we see many characteristics that define Ostade’s oeuvre: light colors brightening up plain faces and clothing, and an organic feeling to composition like how each character seems to be engaging with somebody else instead of staring directly at you.