The Anglers

Van Ostade focused on depicting heartwarming portrayals of Dutch peasants participating in social activities within village squares, inns or barns. This artwork faithfully reproduces van Ostade’s only piece where the landscape takes precedence over the characters. The etching skilfully conveys the tranquillity of a misty summer day through nuanced atmospheric effects. The scene exudes a reflective atmosphere of leisurely idleness, as seen in the elderly, stooped man trailing his fishing line in a shallow stream and the young boy patiently holding a basket in anticipation of elusive fish.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
484/1997
Collection Class
Prints
Medium
etching on paper
Common Name
The Anglers
Simple Name
print
Inscription Transcription
Ostade (1610-85) The Anglers
Production Town

Production Person Initials
Adriaen
Production Person Surname
van Ostade
Production Year Low
1670
Production Year High
1685

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The Anglers