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La Danse au Cabaret (Villagers Merrymaking at an Inn)

Accession Number
1949/1.115

Title
La Danse au Cabaret (Villagers Merrymaking at an Inn)

Artist(s)
Adriaen Jansz van Ostade

Artist Nationality
Dutch (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1652

Medium & Support
etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper

Dimensions
9 ⅝ in x 12 ¾ in (24.45 cm x 32.38 cm);18 in x 22 1/16 in (45.72 cm x 56.04 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Spring/Summer 2011
Adriaen van Ostade
The Netherlands, 1610–1685
Villagers Merrymaking at an Inn (also known as The Dance in the Inn)
1652
Etching, engraving, and drypoint
Gift of Carl Fredric Clarke, 1949/1.115
This print by Adriaen van Ostade, one of the most important and influential seventeenth-century Dutch artists, is thought to depict a May Day celebration or a wedding feast and is one of the artist’s most complex compositions. The open space with jumbled elements in the background—a hanging chair, disorderly laundry, and stored basins and baskets—as well as the overturned stool in the foreground animate the scene, reinforcing the bustling activity and various emotions of the figures. A woman and child talking with a standing man at the left are balanced on the right side by the less decorous couple embracing before the fireplace.
Adriaen van Ostade came from a family of artists and worked as both a painter and a print-maker, specializing in depictions of peasants and genre subjects of people dancing, fighting, and generally reveling. Indeed, the source for this work—seen reversed in the print—is a painting by Ostade in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. A work on a similar theme by one of Ostade’s students, Cornelis Dusart (1660–1704) may be seen nearby.

Subject matter
This print by Adriaen van Ostade, one of the most important and influential seventeenth-century Dutch artists, is thought to depict a May Day celebration or a wedding feast and is one of the artist’s most complex compositions. The open space with jumbled elements in the background—a hanging chair, disorderly laundry, and stored basins and baskets—as well as the overturned stool in the foreground animate the scene, reinforcing the bustling activity and various emotions of the figures. Ostade came from a family of artists and worked as both a painter and a print-maker, specializing in depictions of peasants and genre subjects of people dancing, fighting, and generally reveling. Indeed, the source for this work—seen reversed in the print—is a painting by Ostade in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art.

Physical Description
This print portrays a lively interior scene in the 17th century Dutch Republic. There are many figures around the large room, including men, women, and children. At the far right a man tries to embrace a resisting woman. Beside them, a man and a woman dance while a fiddler plays and others look on. On the left, a woman tends to a child as behind her a couple descend a wooden stairway from an upper floor. There are items such as cured meat, a lantern, a chair and laundry, hanging around this room.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
intaglio print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
dancers
groups
groups of people
inns

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