Isaac van Ostade was a 17th-century Dutch painter of peopled landscapes, so to speak: Country scenes, often in winter, fairs and the outsides of inns, but also some interior scenes. His brother Adrian taught him, and although Isaac died before the age of 30, he still left about 100 paintings.
Isaac was born in Haarlem in the Netherlands, and baptized there on June 2, 1621. He started studying with his brother Adriaen, but eventually developed his own peculiar style. Especially noteworthy in his paintings are his broad contrasts of light and shade and the masterly figures of horses, riders, travelers, rustics, quarreling children, dogs, poultry and cattle. A favorite place is always given to the white horse, which particularly endears him to our girls, as you can probably imagine.
Alas!, his life was short, albeit not idle: He painted over 400 paintings! On October 16, 1649, he died, and was buried in his hometown. So we will let his paintings speak for themselves.
I find it quite interesting how Isaac van Ostade paints the same basic landscape so often, populating it with different people or portraying it in a different season. In other words, he didn’t have to travel the world to find his inspiration. Fascinating.