Adrian Van, a Dutch painter, born inLubeck in 1610, died in Amsterdam in 1685. He studied at Haarlem, and is said to have been a pupil of Rembrandt. His pictures generally represent Dutch interiors and rural fairs or sports, in which the grotesqueness of the subject is redeemed by the manner of its treatment. When in 1672 a French army approached Haarlem, he became alarmed and sold his pictures with a view of returning to Germany. Stopping at Amsterdam, he was persuaded to become a permanent resident of that city. His pictures, generally of cabinet size, are comparatively scarce, and the best have increased in value six or seven fold, those selling for £200 or £300 at the commencement of the century subsequently commanding upward of £1,400. Ostade also made etchings from his own designs.
Isaac Van, brother of the preceding, born in Lubeck about 1615, died about 1670. lie received his first instructions from his brother, in whose style his earliest pictures are painted. Subsequently he adopted a manner of his own, in which he proved himself an original master, and the value of those works has increased in a remarkable degree. His subjects comprise travellers halting at inns, views of Dutch villages, winter pieces, and frozen canals with skaters. Some of his finest works are in England.