Smoker at an Inn, David Teniers the Younger
David Teniers the Younger
Smoker at an Inn
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David Teniers the Younger

Smoker at an Inn, ca. 1659


Dimensions
32.0 x 46.5 x min. 0.6 cm
maximum depth
0.6 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1040
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

David Teniers specialised in genre painting and worked for a time at the court of the governor of the Spanish Netherlands. In an inn, a young peasant with a clay pipe looks out at the viewer rather morosely, while at the back of the taproom a group of peasants are enjoying a boisterous carousal. Although smoking and drinking were considered vices in the seventeenth century, here the moralising undertones compete with the painter’s obvious delight in crude anecdotal details, such as the urinating man on the left and the wryly caricatured faces.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Smoker at an Inn
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: D. TENIERS. F.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1867

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 43B31 inn, coffee-house, public house, etc.
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A235 sitting figure
  • 41C741(+1) pipe ~ tobacco (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
Secondary
  • 31B521 drunkard
  • 31A61(+2) urination (+ back view)
  • 41A775 wooden container: barrel, cask, bucket
  • 41A721(+4) chair (+ wood and other phytogenic material)
  • 41A773 container of ceramics: jar, jug, pot, vase
  • 41B214 chimney
  • 34B11 dog
  • 48C5142 picture within picture
  • 48C524 drawing, sketch
  • 61B111(+51) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ head (and shoulders) (portrait))

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14.10.2019