BIRTH: 1621 VAN OSTADE
on 02 June 1621: Isaack (or Isack) van Ostade,
Dutch artist who died on 15 October 1649.
He was the younger brother and the most talented pupil of Adriaen van Ostade (1610~1685), who also worked in Haarlem. As well as painting genre scenes in the manner of Adriaen, Isaack was an outstanding practitioner of the winter landscape and his early death cut short a career of great promise.
Farmhouse Interior (1642, 50x68cm) _ 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.
Interior of a Peasant House (1640, 45x40cm) _ In this almost monochrome, brownish-yellowish painting a collection of objects of the everyday life of the peasants can be seen. This peasant room is warm and large like a barn and contains a collection of everything necessary for feeding men and animals. Basket, barrel, trough, broken jug, pail, ladder, tools and fodder have been hoarded by the farmer with all the collecting instinct of a hamster. He and his family are grouped round the fireplace trying to get warm, and the man's stance, though awkward, seems to indicate that he is master of his rather poor house. The colours are all different shades of brown and yellow. The painting is signed lower right: Isak van Ostade 1640.
Pig-Killing (1642, 40x54cm) _ 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.
The Cut Pig (42x31cm) _ 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.
Winter Landscape (1643, 72x114cm) _ In his short life Isaack van Ostade painted a large number of pictures, some of genre subjects like his brother's Adriaen van Ostade, but the best are of landscape, especially winter landscapes. _ detail
A Winter Scene (1645, 49x40cm) _ Isack van Ostade was the short-lived younger brother of the painter of scenes from peasant life, Adriaen van Ostade. They were both born, lived and worked in Haarlem, and Isack was a pupil of his brother who was eleven years his senior. Isack joined the guild in 1643. His earliest paintings the first dated picture is from 1639 are peasant interiors dependent on Adriaen's, but towards the end of his brief career he became more interested in outdoor scenes and produced a series of beautiful and original landscapes, often set in winter. This deliberately picturesque view, its low viewpoint serving to outline the wooden bridge against the sky, is one of his finest paintings. It is rich in its treatment of the details of peasant life, whose harsh aspects (as seen, for example, in the figure of the man labouring under his load of faggots) are relieved by the pleasure taken by the child in the anticipation of skating on the frozen river.
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