Adriaen van Ostade
Dutch painter Adriaen van Ostade began his training in 1627 in the workshop of the famous Haarlemartist Frans Hals. Like Hals, van Ostade specialized in genre scenes that depicted the daily life of the peasant class with moralizing, often low-brow and humorous undertones.
Many of the great Dutch artists that were contemporaries of van Ostade never created a single print, but van Ostade produced at least fifty original etchings. His printed oeuvre was heavily influenced by the graphic works of Rembrandt van Rijn, and most were original compositions rather than direct copies from his paintings. Only ten of his etchings are dated, the earliest of which is 1647, but some scholars argue that the artist’s first etching was completed as early as 1634, and that he continued to work in the medium until the year of his death, 1685.