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 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
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 7

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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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07.06.2024