Nicholas Mas, with his original ideas about everyday life, was one of the most innovative artists of the Dutch Golden Age. His genre scenes were an inspiration to artists such as Peter de Hoch and Jan Vermeer. In his lively representation of emotions, Mas shows himself to be a full-fledged student of Rembrandt.
Mas began his career by writing biblical stories in which the influence of his teacher Rembrandt is clearly visible. Mas was inspired by his teacher, but at the same time he was always looking for his own new solutions.
But Mas achieved his greatest artistic and financial success throughout his life as a portrait painter.