It is the artist's intention in this painting to ridicule the soldier. He is a swaggering, over-dressed figure who might have stepped from the pages of one of the many contemporary plays by Samuel Coster, Theodoor Rodenburgh, and others who mocked the pretensions of soldiers.
Quast was influenced by Amsterdam painters such as Anthonie Palamedesz. and Pieter Codde, but also the by the French artist Jacques Callot. He painted a number of satirical subjects with a strong element of caricature. He also painted some historical and literary scenes and worked as a printmaker and book illustrator.
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