|Years of life:||1626 – 1679|
|Artist's Teachers:||Nikolaus Knüpfer, Jan van Goyen, Adriaen van Ostade, Guild of Saint Luke|
|Art Movement:||Baroque, Dutch Golden Age|
|Painting School:||Dutch School, Haarlem School|
|Genre:||Religious , Mythology , Genre scenes , Portrait , Landscape|
Sten, one of the best Dutch painters, ran a tavern and owned a brewery. His tavern scenes, feasts, and burgher houses with stock characters and facial expressions were popular. His portraits, mythological and religious paintings, and landscapes are also interesting.
His lively and easy manner of painting, smooth strokes, lush and pure tones (rose red, blue-green, pale yellow) add to the paintings’ vitality and reflect their character. His paintings carry an unambiguous message about drunkenness, idleness, promiscuity, etc.
Jan Steen’s major works are A Young Woman Playing a Harpsichord, c. 1659 (London: National Gallery); Skittle Players Outside an Inn, c. 1660–63 (London: National Gallery).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.