A Confidential Chat, Adriaen van Ostade, 1672

A Confidential Chat, Adriaen van Ostade, 1672

oil on panel, h 23cm × w 19.3cm Catalogue entry

A man and a woman are enjoying a drink, some food, and a pipe in an inn. Curious how the plainly dressed woman holds her glass with both hands. Is she drunk? This late work by Ostade – he was 62 years old – originated in a time in which the lower echelons of society were no longer caricatured, but rather presented enjoying simple pleasures. Through her gaze, the woman draws us into the scene.

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