A barn interior with a slaughtered pig, a woman preparing meat and two children beyond
signed and dated 'Isack. van . ostade 1641' (lower left)
oil on panel
49.8 x 57.1 cm.
Anonymous sale; Piasa, Paris, 20 June 1997, lot 189.
Private collection, USA, from which acquired by the present owner.
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The present picture belongs to a group of similar barn interiors with slaughtered animals on stacks, by both Isaac and his brother Adriaen van Ostade. The oldest example, by Isaac, dates from 1638. All these interiors are characterised by a monochrome colour scheme and a strong chiaroscuro, which reveals the influence of Rembrandt and his school in Amsterdam.

We are grateful to Dr. Bernard Schnackenburg for confirming the attribution to Isaac van Ostade on the basis of images. Schnackenburg further points out that both brothers influenced each other depicting this theme. In a similar painting signed and dated 1643 in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Adriaen adopted the leaves of the grapevine plant in the foreground from the present picture.
An almost identical, unsigned, composition on panel with larger dimensions of 52 x 66 cm. by Isaac was offered with Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 10 May 1971, lot 243.

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