oval-shaped print: portrait of a seated man in cap with PL elbow resting on table; holding pipe in mouth with PL hand, and a bowl or pouch to the pipe with opposite hand; paraphernalia on table

The Smoker, c. 1640

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“The smell of the Dutch Republic is the smell of tobacco,” said art historian Simon Schama. When this print was made, smoking was largely demonized, a vice deposited on Dutch shores by seamen. Rather than moralizing, Adriaen van Ostade etched a figure simply absorbed in the pleasure of his clay pipe and bowl, which holds an ember to light the tobacco.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
The Smoker
Artist Life
1610-1685
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.154
Provenance
Semen Nicolaevitch Mossoloff (1812-1880), Lugt 2362, Moscow and Dresden. Unidentified collector, Lugt 2695. [C. & J. Goodfriend, New York; sold November 16, 1985, to Andrus]; John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 5 (vol. 1, p. 353); Hollstein 5 vii/vii; Dutuit 5 v/v; Godefroy 5 v
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oval-shaped print: portrait of a seated man in cap with PL elbow resting on table; holding pipe in mouth with PL hand, and a bowl or pouch to the pipe with opposite hand; paraphernalia on table