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

A Barn Interior with a Slaughtered PIg

Oil on oak, 40 x 54 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

The occupants of the one room which constitutes the peasant's home are busy as ants about the slaughtered pig. Their faces are scarcely discernible and the children can only be recognized by their smaller size and the fact that they are playing at blowing up the bladder. The adult figures are busy at the pump-well. All their world is within the confines of this one room which the artist has painted in a variety of browns and yellows, with which he has created a rather mysterious atmosphere.