Peasant with His Hand in His Cloak

Accession Number

Peasant with His Hand in His Cloak

Adriaen Jansz van Ostade

Artist Nationality
Dutch (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1638 ?

Medium & Support
etching, engraving and drypoint on laid paper

3 15/16 x 2 3/8 in. (10 x 6 cm);19 5/16 x 14 5/16 in. (49 x 36.2 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser

Label copy
Gallery Rotation Winter 2013
Adriaen Jansz van Ostade
Netherlands, 1610–1685
Peasant with His Hand
in His Cloak
circa 1638
Etching, engraving, and drypoint
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser, 1957/1.31
Van Ostade is known for his drawings and etchings of peasant life, which were also incorporated into his genre scenes (art that takes everyday life as its subject matter) and landscape paintings. Despite the monumentality of the figures in these two works, the similarity of their garments—heavy, long cloaks and large hats— suggests the anonymity of this sort of country-folk.

Subject matter
For Ostade, pesantry and common folk were subjects to which he returned repeatedly in both his paintings and his etchings.

Physical Description
A single figures stands with his left arm cradled in his cloak while he reaches into his cloak with his right hand.

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