Abraham van Strij: Interior of an Inn

Interior of an Inn: Abraham van Strij

Abraham van Strij was a Dutch painter of the 18th and 19th centuries who continued the Dutch Golden Age tradition of genre scenes with Interior of an Inn from 1825. In this picture, painted in Realist style, a serving maid admonishes her customer, the seated soldier, with her raised finger. Given the red hue of the soldier’s face and his intoxicated smile perhaps the maid is warning him not to get too drunk. A contrast to his drunkenness, a sober daylight enters the room from the right-hand door. The foreground dog and right background seller’s market add informal details typical of the genre scene.

Abraham van Strij’s Interior of an Inn is in the Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht in Western Netherlands.

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