Merry Company on a Terrace

Jan Steen Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 637

Steen made a specialty of self-deprecating depictions of his own unruly household. This painting centers on the inviting figure of his wife, who looks out at the viewer with an empty wineglass in her hand. Steen, his face flushed with drink and a comic hat on his head, sits at the far left; next to him, with a sausage in his cap, is Hans Worst, the same theatrical figure depicted by Hals in a nearby work. To this day in the Netherlands, “a household by Jan Steen” remains proverbial for disorder and domestic chaos.

#5042. Merry Company on a Terrace



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Merry Company on a Terrace, Jan Steen (Dutch, Leiden 1626–1679 Leiden), Oil on canvas

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