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(b Leiden, 1625/6; bur. Leiden, 3 Feb. 1679). Dutch painter. He is best known for his humorous genre scenes, warm-hearted and animated works in which he treats life as a vast comedy of manners. In Holland he ranks next to Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals in popularity and the expression a ‘Jan Steen household’ has become part of the Dutch language to describe the kind of lively, untidy home depicted in so many of his paintings.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)