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Catalog number 58.51
Artist Ostade, Adriaen van
Artist 2 Hals, Frans
Title The Dance at the Inn
Date 1652
Object Name Print
Description This etching of a genre scene shows how an artist could create related works in different media. What is immediately striking in this work is the brawly scene inside of the cottage and the magic light which emphasizes the main figures. The artist shows us his talents of observation. Nothing decorates the patchwork of the interior, the tumble-down chimneys or the ladder staircases, characteristic of the rustic Dutch house in those days. In this print, we see cross-hatching in many places: on the ceiling, chimney piece, rear wall and the door, and below the suspended chair. Several places are lighter: the lower part of the chimney, the upper half of the open door, the boards above the suspended chair, and the light side of the seat in the lower left. Darker areas appear in the apron of the woman and the hat of the man on the stairs, the waistcoat of the smoker sitting in front of the bed, and the bonnet of the woman sitting to the far right. A vivid depiction, it shows a man with a hat coming down the stairs and two men sitting on a bench talking. The entire back of one man sitting in the foreground is shaded, while the dog under the table (in the center) is more distinct.

Hanging on the wall are the peasants' meager possessions: pieces of meat, a pot, several baskets, two pieces of cloth and a ceiling lamp. The peasants mingle together in the same room. The lack of privacy may seem unbearable to us, but was commonplace to a 17th-century person. An awareness of life in isolation had not yet been accepted at this time. 1610-1684 AD

Flora Zhen-Ron Kuo, in "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, 22.
Medium/Material Paper on ink
Dimensions H-26.67 W-32.385 cm
Year Range from 1610.0
Year Range to 1684.0
Search Terms Baroque
17th century AD
Peasant scene
Genre scene
Print, etching
Exhibition and Publication History *"Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #268.
*"Master Prints of Four Centuries," Staten Island College CUNY Gallery, 1997-98.
*"Director's Choice, Part II," G-TM, 10/10-12/20/02, #111, illus. A. Winter, Curator.
* "SCHOLARS, EXPLORERS, PRIESTS, How the Renaissance Gave Us the Modern World," Curated by James M. Saslow, G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 2 - March 27, 2010, # 22, ill.
Culture Dutch