(b Haarlem, c.1610; bur. Haarlem, 19 Sept. 1668). Dutch painter, active in his native Haarlem and in Amsterdam, where he moved in 1636 after marrying Judith Leyster; both belonged in their youth to the circle of Frans Hals. He and his wife probably collaborated and sometimes it is difficult to differentiate their hands. Molenaer, however, was more prolific and more versatile. His genre scenes range from pictures of the indecorous activities of peasants to exquisitely finished interiors showing well-to-do families.
Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)