The National Museum of Western Art

Isaak van Ostade [Haarlem, 1621 - Haarlem, 1649]

Travellers Halting at an Inn

Date1645
Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)89 x 81
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: Isaak.van.Ostade / 1645
Credit LinePurchased
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1977-0003
Travellers Halting at an Inn

This work rich in genre and landscape elements is signed and dated 1645 in the lower right of the image, indicating that it was created two years after Ostade registered with the Haarlem painter's guild. Ostade, like Philips Wouverman, another painter active during this period in Haarlem, was known as a painter of these scenes of travelers resting before an inn or hostelry. The warm color range and superb composition, which effectively lend the image depth, and Ostade's trademark use of a white horse, all speak of Ostade's work. We can also sense a touch of the Rococo in the depicting of a woman carrying buckets suspended from a pole over her shoulders in the foreground. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 36)

Provenance

Van Loone, Amsterdam, 1829-42; Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Paris, 1878; E. Speelman Ltd., London; Private collection, Washington; Purchased by the NMWA, 1977.

Exhibition History

1966
The age of Rembrandt, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, 10 October 1966 - 13 November 1966, Toledo Museum of Art, Toredo, OH, 26 November 1966-8 January 1967; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 21 January 1967-5 March 1967, cat. no. 89
1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 18, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 18
1995
[Exhibition for Children] Exploring Mysterious Painted World, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11 July 1995 - 10 September 1995

Bibliography

1829
Smith, John. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters. pt. 1, London, 1829, no. 63.
1910
Hofstede de Groot, C. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, based on the works of John Smith. vol. 3, London, 1910, p. 449, no. 30.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 15, col. repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 205, repr.
1979
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 12 (1977), 1979, Koshi, Koichi. New acquisitions (Painting). pp. 8-10, New acquisitions (Catalogue). pp. 18-19, col. repr. (frontispiece).
1989
Kobayashi-Sato, Yoriko. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in Japan I. Annual Report Bridgestone Museum of Art & Ishibashi Museum of Art. no. 37 (1988), 1989, pp. 47-48, no. 23, repr.
2006
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2006 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 36, col. repr.
2009
Masterpieces of The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art; Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2009, no. 36, col. repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 50, col. repr.
2018
Kofuku, Akira. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. [Tokyo], The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; The Western Art Foundation, 2018, pp. 124-125, no. 35, col. repr.

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