Jan Jansz. Buesem was a highly original Dutch painter who was active in Amsterdam and in The Hague in the second quarter of the 17th century. He was a pupil of Pieter Quast.
At right the hostess is writing the number of drinks with chalk lines. At left, above the door, hangs a witty comic drawing.
About Jan Jansz. Buesem
Amsterdam (?) 1599/1600 – in or after 1649 Amsterdam (?)
Painter of peasant genre scenes. He also painted a few still lifes and a few church interior scenes.
In old inventories Buesem is also called "Besem" (a "broom") or "Besemer".
He was probably born in Amsterdam, where he was recorded between 1637 and 1649.
Buesem claimed he had been a pupil of Pieter Jansz. Quast (Amsterdam circa 1605/06 – 1647 Amsterdam) in Amsterdam around 1630. Seeing the similarities between both painters this is indeed very probable. Quast lived in Amsterdam, except for the period between 1634 and 1641 when he lived in The Hague. Buesem might therefore indeed have studied under Quast in Amsterdam around 1630.
Quast and Buesem shared senses of space and rhythm, and of narrative clarity in their compositions. Both artists painted barn and tavern interior scenes, often with a satirical or ironical sense.
Buesem also painted rather rare subjects of witchcraft and Vanitas.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it testifies of Buesem’s mild sense of humour.
Because it is a good example of a Dutch 17th century tavern scene, with a very nice composition.