Adrian van Ostade

Haarlem 1610 – Haarlem 1685

Interior of a Barn with Peasants – An allegory of smell 

Signed and dated ‘Av ostade 1637’ | Middle centre
Oil on panelH. 17 cm. | W. 24 cm.


Private collection | Paris | France
Collection Floris van Wanroij Fine Art | Dommelen | The Netherlands 
Private collection | Remscheid |Germany

REFERENCE LITERATUREKrol, A.E. (1981). Musée de l’Ermitage. Peinture de l’Europe occidentale. Leningrad: Hermitage, Vol. II, p. 155

The present picture is recored at the RKD in The Hague under nr. 570455


CATALOGUE NOTEIn his charming and amusing painting Adriaen van Ostade, like his contemporaries David Teniers the Younger and Adriaen Brouwer, depicted a scene of the everyday life of the peasant class. At the same time it forms an allegory, that of the sense of smell. A variation on this compsition by Van Ostade is kept in the collection of the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg ( 999).