Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
(1610–1685)

A Violinist at a Farmhouse Door, 1673

Signed and dated at lower left, in brown ink, Av.(in ligature) Ostade . 1673.

Watercolor, pen and brown ink, with touches of gouache, over traces of graphite; framing line in brown ink
13 7/8 x 12 3/16 inches (350 x 308 mm)

Gift of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1924

I, 134
Item description: 

This colorful genre scene represents the apogee of Ostade’s watercolor manner and depicts one of his many variations on the theme of rustic pleasures. Ostade’s watercolors were created predominantly as independent works of art to be marketed to collectors, although the present sheet also served as the basis for a painting. This robust, highly finished sheet was a favorite of Charles Fairfax Murray, whose collection forms the core of the Morgan’s holdings.