OSTADE, Isaack van
(b. 1621, Haarlem, d. 1649, Haarlem)

Farmhouse Interior

Oil on oak, 50 x 68 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

Isaack van Ostade, like his brother Adriaen, depicted peasant and low-life scenes. This untidy farmhouse interior is typical of Haarlem painting in the first half of the seventeenth century, with its low-key use of colour. The painting would be taken as a warning against a dissolute life.