The Dutch SchoolThe Art Of Painting - The Dutch School - 5, a brief series of articles on the art of painting and drawing
The little Jan Steen of the girl in yellow and blue at a harpsichord, is another perfect performance. The slightly larger panel is by no means representative of the master's best work.
There is little need to enlarge on his practice, for in the same room as the Van Dyck grisaille you will have seen a black-and-white 1 by Jan Steen. Although blacker than the monochromes of other Dutchmen—for his greys are a little more metallic than most—this preparation gives a fair idea of the way his contemporaries also set about their work.
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