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The anglers

circa 1653
printed late 18th century


Adriaen van Ostade


1610 – 1685

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Le pêcheur à la ligne
    circa 1653
    printed late 18th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    vi of 7 states
    11.8 x 16.9 cm trimeed to platemark; 12.5 x 17.6 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r., [incised monogram] "AvO". Not dated.

    Purchased 1938
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Adriaen van Ostade

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Van Ostade is thought to have been a pupil of the great Dutch painter Frans Hals, but his paintings show no signs of the latter’s influence. With his brother Isaac, van Ostade became the main exponent of paintings of low-life genre and peasants, spending his prolific career in Haarlem, where subjects of this type were a particular specialty. He was also a talented printmaker, regarded by his contemporaries and later generations as second only to Rembrandt for his 50 etchings, which remained enduringly popular long after his death and went through a number of editions.

    The 50 prints – of which only ten bear dates between 1647 and 1679 – invariably depict rustic villagers inside their cottages, in taverns, or in the outdoors engaged in various everyday activities.

    A mood of blissful tranquillity is expressed in The anglers, van Ostade’s only true landscape print. On a ramshackle wooden bridge a hunched peasant, accompanied by a young friend holding a basket, trails his fishing line in a shallow stream. With its unassuming rusticity and understated presentation of the countryside at large, the print is a characteristic example of the Dutch approach to landscape art in the 17th century.

    Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Adriaen van Ostade

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