Who are the best genre-painters?

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Published on Feb 2, 2015

Jan Steen’s Card Players (ca. 1660) and Dutch Genre Painting

Friday, January 30, 2015, 1:30 pm

Dutch painters of the 17th century fed an avid market for pictures of vice and virtue in both humble and grand settings. This picture by Holland’s leading painter of humorous folklife, from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection, shows an overdressed soldier being gulled by a girl in an elegant-looking house of ill repute. Walsh discusses Jan Steen’s career and other varieties of genre painting.

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