A Party of Merrymakers

Pieter Jansz. Quast Dutch

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Viewers of the time would have taken in at a glance not only the off-key carousing but also signs—the fancy shoes, frizzy hair, open collar, and so on—that make the symbolic satyr redundant. Quast worked in the cosmopolitan milieus of Amsterdam and The Hague. His paintings and finished drawings reveal a broad knowledge of Dutch, Flemish, and French popular imagery (including Callot’s etchings) as well as the comic stage.

A Party of Merrymakers, Pieter Jansz. Quast (Dutch, Amsterdam (?) 1605/6–1647 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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