Jan Havickszoon Steen

1626-1679 Netherlands/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Jan Havickszoon Steen was of a brewing family from Leiden, Holland. He is known mostly for painting humorous genre scenes; however, he also painted many portraits, religious and historical subjects. His masters were Nikolaus Knüpfer in Utrecht followed by Jan van Goyen at the Hague. Adriaen Ostade and Adriaen Brouwer later influenced him in Haarlem.
He married Margaretta, the daughter of Jan van Goyen in 1649. Their children appear in many of his paintings. A painting in the Dublin National Gallery, The Schoolmaster or A village School, somewhat humorously depicts the delight on two of their faces as their older brother receives his punishment. Those same faces reappear in other settings.
In Delft, he ran a brewery for three years before moving to Haarlem until 1670. His output was prolific during that period. On his wife and father's deaths in 1669 and 1670, he married Marie van Egmont and moved back to Leiden to acquire his father's estate and spent his last years there.
His paintings hang throughout several European galleries, and many are in private collections.

 

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The Dancing Couple

The Dancing Couple

The Schoolmaster

The Schoolmaster

The Quack

The Quack

Oyster Eater

The Oyster Eater

Saint Nicholas

Feast of Saint Nicholas

Cardgame Argument

Cardgame Argument

The Drinker

The Drinker

Baptism

Baptism

The Birth

Celebrating the Birth

A Merry Party

A Merry Party

Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah

Tavern Garden

Tavern Garden

The Quackdoctor

The Quackdoctor

Country Wedding

Country Wedding

The Doctor's Visit

Doctor's Visit

Village School

The Village School

Garden Party

Garden Party

Burgher of Delft

Burgher of Delft and his Daughter

Leaving the Tavern

Leaving the Tavern

Tric Trac Players

Tric Trac Players

The Rhetoricians

The Rhetoricians

Bean Feast

Bean Feast

Marriage Contract

Marriage Contract

Revelry at an Inn

Revelry at an Inn

In Luxury, Look Out

In Luxury, Look Out

Harpsichord Lesson

The Harpsichord Lesson

The Life of Man

The Life of Man

Dissolute Household

The Dissolute Household

The Artist's Family

The Artist's Family

Pig Belongs in Sty

A Pig Belongs in the Sty

Twin Birth

Twin Birth Celebration

Lady at her Toilet

A Woman at her Toilet

Doctor-

Doctor and His Patient

Interior of an Inn

Interior of an Inn

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Before an Inn

Peasants Before an Inn

The Christening

The Christening

The Crowned Orator

The Crowned Orator

The Merry Family

The Merry Family

The Dancing Lesson

The Dancing Lesson

The Parrot Cage

The Parrot Cage

Wine is a Mocker

Wine is a Mocker

Visit Comes

Visit Comes

the marraige feast

the marraige feast at cana