Born at Leyden, 1636; died 1689, aged 53. This picture is a valuable specimen of the master: brilliant in Design, execution, and colouring. The fete is given at the door of a rustic alehouse, and the truth of a country merrymaking is here managed with great wit and humour. The animation of the scene, the natural expression and breadth of effect, make this a deSirable specimen for the study of an amateur. Few painters gave more animation to their figures than Jan Steen, or equalled him in the strength of expression. His Design was generally correct; his touch light and free; and his colouring always lively and natural. In Designing he showed remarkable judgment and skill; for at the first sight, one may perceive a proper distinction of the rank and condition of the characters introduced. The difference between a gentleman and a boor, of those in high or low stations, is easily distinguished by their forms, their attitudes, their air, or expression, so that in this respect he appears worthy of being studied by other painters. [Pp. 22-23.]
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