(bapt. Rotterdam, ?1 Feb. 1634; bur. Amsterdam, 1 May 1682). Dutch genre painter. He worked mainly in Rotterdam, but he is said to have been a pupil of Berchem in Haarlem, and from 1674 he lived in Amsterdam. Apart from a few portraits and some early hunting-party and ‘merry-company’ scenes, his paintings are almost all elegant upper-class interiors, in which he showed off a skill in painting silks and satins to rival that of Terborch. His figures are extremely refined, but there is often a sexual element in his paintings—a couple eating oysters (believed to be an aphrodisiac) was a favourite subject.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)
"Ochtervelt, Jacob" The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Ed Ian Chilvers. Oxford University Press 2009 Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press.