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The woman spinning
13.6 × 17.0 cm (image) 14.2 × 17.8 cm (sheet, trimmed to platemark)
Catalogue/s Raisonné
Bartsch 31; Hollstein 31 vi/vii; Davidsohn 31; Godefroy 31; Pelletier 81
6th of 7 states
printed in ink (in image) l.l.: Av. (A and v joined) ostade 1652
Accession Number
International Prints / International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933
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Gallery location
Not on display

Adriaen van Ostade is one of the most highly regarded Dutch etchers of the seventeenth century, after Rembrandt. He is known to have made fifty etchings, with his dated prints being made between 1647 and 1679; he was also a prolific painter, draughtsman and watercolourist. Much of van Ostade’s work depicts peasants in picturesque, decaying buildings. This romanticisation of the hardships of rural life was common in genre scenes, although van Ostade’s art suggests that he became more sympathetic, and less satirical, towards his subject matter throughout his life.