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Pieter Jansz Quast
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Pieter Jansz. Quast had a brief career as a painter, printmaker and draftsman in the early part of Holland’s Golden Age. He was probably born in Amsterdam in 1605 or 1606, and little is known about his artistic training. He may have worked in Amsterdam during the early 1630s. He married Annette Sphinters in 1632, and by 1634 had moved to The Hague, as he was admitted to the artists’ Guild of St. Luke in The Hague in that year. Some scholars believe that he gave art instruction to the Stadholder, Willem II (1626-1650). His paintings are primarily genre scenes showing peasants, but also include works depicting soldiers and people in elegant dress. Quast made a set of etchings and engravings depicting the five senses and another set of twenty-six scenes depicting beggars and peasants. His prints include genre scenes and a series of small prints showing the bust of a man or woman. In addition a number of prints were made after his designs. He created finished drawings intended for sale, often in graphite or chalk on vellum, such as the two drawings, one of a jester and another of a skater, in the Museums’ collection. His drawings include landscapes and town scenes. Three terracotta bas-relief sculptures depicting peasants have been attributed to him. Quast had left The Hague and moved to Amsterdam by 1643, and died in there 1647. The inventory of his estate showed that he died in poverty. (TNB 8/2012).