Dutch painters – Jan Havicksz. Steen

Jan Steen - Self portrait  Self portrait

Jan Havicksz. Steen was born in Leiden in 1626 and died in Leiden on January 1rst 1679. Painter.

Jan Steen - idlers-1660  Idlers

He was educated at a Latin school and enrolled at Leiden University, but never graduated. He is said to have been an apprentice of Nicolaus Knupfer, Adriaen van Ostade and Jan van Goyen.

Jan_Steen_Kinderu_Katze  Children teaching a cat to dance

He painted at huge number of works, especially of cheerful people having fun. He also painted portraits and historical scenes.

Jan Steen - Som de gamle synger  As the old sing

Jan Steen was the son of a brewer and to augment his income he started a brewery in Delft and opened a tavern at his house.


He was buried in St. Pieter’s church in Leiden.


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