- Ostade, Isack van
- Dutch, 1621 - 1649
Isack van Ostade, the youngest of the eight children of Jan Hendricx van Eyndhoven and Janneke Hendriksdr., was born in Haarlem, and baptized on June 2, 1621. He became a member of the Haarlem painters' guild in 1643, and died in 1649, at the age of twenty-eight.
Ostade's first surviving dated painting is from 1639, ten years before his early death. Although his career was very short, his output was prodigious and his creativity and originality striking. According to Houbraken (see person bibliography), Isack was a pupil of his more famous brother Adriaen van Ostade, and his early paintings of low-life interiors and peasant scenes are indeed extremely close in style to the work of his brother.
It was not long, however, before Isack began to develop his own distinctive artistic personality, and started to paint larger outdoor peasant and village scenes in which elements of genre scenes are combined with an evocative treatment of their landscape settings. These compositions typically show travelers or peasants resting in front of inns or houses. [This is an edited version of the artist's biography published, or to be published, in the NGA Systematic Catalogue]
- Houbraken, Arnold. De Groote Schouburgh der Nederlantsche Konstschilders en Schilderessen. 3 vols. in 1. The Hague, 1753 (Reprint: Amsterdam, 1976): 1:347.
- Smith, John. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters. 9 vols. London, 1829-1842: 1(1829):179-198; 9(1842):121, 815.
- Van der Willigen 1870, 29, 233-240.
- Rosenberg, Adolf. Adriaen und Isack van Ostade. Bielefeld, 1900.
- Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. 8 vols. Translated by Edward G. Hawke. London, 1907-1927: 3(1910):437-556.
- Schnackenburg, Bernhard. Adriaen van Ostade, Isack van Ostade: Zeichnungen und Aquarelle. 2 vols. Hamburg, 1981.
- Schnackenburg, Bernhard. Le monde paysan d'Adriaen et Isack van Ostade. Exh. cat. Institut Néerlandais, Paris, 1981.
- Sutton, Peter C., et al. Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Painting. Exh. cat. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art. Boston, 1987: 390-394.
- MacLaren, Neil. The Dutch School, 1600-1900. Revised and expanded by Christopher Brown. 2 vols. National Gallery Catalogues. London, 1991: 1:303.
- Wheelock, Jr., Arthur K. Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 191.