“The Hearing,” Adrian van Ostade – a description of the picture

“The Hearing,” Adrian van Ostade – a description of the picture
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  • Posted by Adrian van Ostade
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1635

Description of the picture :

Hearing – Adrian van Ostade. Wood, butter. 20 x 25 cm

   One of the talented representatives of Dutch painting Adrian van Ostade is very efficient, he has a huge number of paintings, portraits, drawings, watercolors, and engravings. Plots are mainly devoted to village life, life, morals.

   His best-known series of paintings “Five Feelings”, which means our basic human feelings for interacting with the world. And each of them, the master painter allegorically embodied in a genre scene.

   Pictures of a small format, they are gladly bought by everyone, from the peasant to the burger. In these works, the author’s knowledge of the life of ordinary people, as well as a good sense of humor, is especially pronounced.

   The canvas “Slaughter” is written in 1635. A fun company gathered near a rough fence. A bell violinist in a hat that has come across her eyes while still holds the violin tight. But his legs are already swaying – that one and look for himself to go to the dance.

   Nearby is a cheerful guy who enthusiastically sings songs very loudly. The wine from the jug in the hands of the village woman only adds mood to the audience. The sharp contrast between the black background behind the fence and the bright platform with the characters creates the bulge and reality of this cheerful society. So you can hear a different-haired, non-structured choir of a cheerful tipsy rolating trinity spreading down the street.

   The work of Adrian van Ostade is the exact opposite of those concepts in the image of “five senses” that were adopted before the 17th century. After all, it was a high style, allegorically (allegorically) glorifying the feelings of the gods, historical characters, winners and heroes. And the Dutchman van Ostade in his little creations with great sympathy showed ordinary village men and women with the same feelings.

   To some extent, the artist made a “revolution” in high art, expressing his attitude to the perfect and refined painting of that time.