Jan Havicksz. Steen (ca. 1625-1679)

Jan Havicksz Steen was born in Leiden in 1626, the son of a brewer. Educated at a Latin school, in 1646 he enrolled at Leiden university yet never graduated. Instead, he took an apprenticeship as a painter, although little is known about this. Eighteenth-century biographers record that his teachers included Nicolaus Knupfer, Adriaen van Ostade and landscapist Jan van Goyen. In 1648, already a master, he helped set up a guild of artists in Leiden, in which he served in various capacities. Steen painted a huge number of works, especially genre paintings showing cheerful people having fun. He also painted portraits, as well as historical scenes. To augment his income, Steen started a brewery in Delft and opened a tavern at his house. Biographers have described him as a man with little sense of restraint, yet that seems to be based more on his paintings than on hard fact. Jan Steen is buried in St Pieter's church in Leiden

Collections

RijksStudio

TVGreen added this work to jan steen

May 13 2015 - 23 works 209 0

Harry Joelson added this work to Jan Steen

May 13 2015 - 26 works 4 0

Ans Vlietstra-van Goor added this work to 17e eeuw

May 13 2015 - 27 works 4 0