About Pieter Jansz. Quast
Amsterdam circa 1605/06 – 1647 Amsterdam
Genre scene painter, he also painted some landscapes, religious scenes and portraits.
It is not known whom he studied under.
He was the master of Jan Jansz. Buesem (1599/1600 – in or after 1649) around 1630 and of the little-known portrait painter Dirk Cornelisz. de Hooch (1613 – in or after 1651) in the period 1630/35.
His interior scenes were often satirical and caricatural. He painted merry groups of peasants, elegant companies and guardroom scenes. He also loved depicting quack doctors.
Quast was active in his birthplace Amsterdam, except for the period 1634 – 1641 when he worked in The Hague. In 1632 he had married a lady from The Hague.
His sense for witty subjects depicted with a narrative clarity reminds of Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne (1589 – 1662) who lived from 1625 until his death in The Hague.