The Vanderbilt University exhibits Adriaen van Ostade’s Dutch Golden Age Etchings
Nashville, Tennessee.- The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Reflections of the Dutch Golden Age: Etchings by Adriaen van Ostade from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery”, on view at the gallery from March 15th through May 11th. After Rembrandt, Adriaen van Ostade was the major Dutch etcher of the seventeenth century, a period often referred to as a Holland’s “Golden Age.” According to Arnold Houbraken’s biography of the artist from the period, Ostade studied concurrently with Adriaen Brouwer and Frans Hals in Haarlem. Hals influenced Ostade very little, whereas Brouwer, who was described as “known far and wide” as early as 1627, had a decisive influence on the evolution of Ostade’s portrayal of peasant life. Many seventeenth-century Dutch artists developed specialties to help them gain an edge in the highly competitive contemporary art market. Some artists, for instance, focused exclusively on the representations of landscapes, still-lifes, or animal subjects.