Happy Birthday Adriaen van Ostade!! Born in Holland in 1610, van Ostade was a painter born in Haarlem, where he was to remain his entire life. He studied with Frans Hals and later had students of his own. He was also a member of the civic guard, a sort of volunteer police force. His work is of the peasants from the area and his paintings depict taverns, vendors, etc. as well as biblical scenes. The scene below pictures a couple dancing surrounded by men who are probably playing a drinking game of sorts.