Jan Steen Biography
(Golden Age painter)
Birthday: August 21, 1626 (Leo)
Born In: Leiden, Netherlands
Jan Steen was a famous Dutch genre painter, born in the seventeenth century. His paintings were marked by chaotic abundance of color. He drew his subjects mainly from the daily life around him. Born in a family of tavern keepers, it was natural that many of his paintings had tavern as a background. Merrymakers were one of his favorite subjects while families too were frequently portrayed in his works. However, he also looked beyond the real world and drew inspiration from the contemporary stage. Many of his paintings were also based on mythological, religious and historical subjects. However, in each of them, one can decipher an ethical message hidden beneath an inherent sense of humor. What is more, there are few artists who are as prolific as Jan Steen was. He painted more than eight hundred pictures, out of which three hundred and fifty have so far been traced. He did not have any known student, but his works have inspired many. Well known genre painter, Richard Brakenburg, is considered to be one of his followers.