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(bapt. Haarlem, 10 Dec. 1610; d Haarlem, 27 Apr. 1685). Dutch painter, draughtsman, and etcher, active in Haarlem. Although he turned his hand to many subjects, he was principally a genre painter. According to Houbraken, he and Adriaen Brouwer (whose work is similar) were fellow pupils of Frans Hals. Ostade's early pictures depict lively scenes of peasants carousing or brawling in crowded taverns or hovels.

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