This apparently cosy domestic scene delivers a strong moralising message. A tablet on the mantlepiece bears the phrase: 'Easy come, easy go', which means that in gambling any winnings are soon lost again. It is a warning against betting on backgammon, which is being played in the room beyond., Jan Steen is known for his humorous depictions of the everyday life of farmers and the middle classes in 17th-century Holland. He worked in The Hague, Haarlem and Delft - where he also rented a brewery - and Leiden where he ran an inn. The oversized silver salt cellar on the table, Turkish carpet, oysters and wine depicted in this spacious room show that this is a household of quite some means. A plaque on the mantlepiece bears the inscription, ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’. It is a moralistic warning that money easily gained is just as easily spent.
What can you tell me about the thesis that Jan Steen painted himself in this artwork?
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Hi Sarah, the figures in the painting are fictitious but Jan Steen probably used his own face as inspiration for the laughing figure in the middle. This man certainly looks like Steen himself. kind regards, Sophie
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|Title||'Easy Come, Easy Go'|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||Belasting & Douane Museum|
Width 104 cm
Height 79 cm
Jan Havicksz. Steen
|Accession number||2527 (OK)|
|Credits||Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958|
|Age artist||About 35 years old|
|Collector||Collector / D.G. van Beuningen|
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|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
All about the artist
Jan Havicksz. Steen
Leiden 1626 - Leiden 1679
Jan Steen is known for his humorous depictions of the everyday life of farmers and the middle-classes in 17th-century Holland. He worked in The Hague, Haarlem,...Bekijk het volledige profiel