The Bitter Potion, Adriaen Brouwer
Adriaen Brouwer
The Bitter Potion
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Wilhelm Busch: Kopf eines Bauern mit Krug, 1891, Öl auf Papier/Pappe, 20,5 x 15 cm, Inv.-Nr. 1/063 (Gm 100), Wilhelm Busch - Deutsches Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkunst, Hannover

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Adriaen Brouwer (Werkstatt?): Der bittere Trank, um 1635-1638, Öl auf Eichenholz, 34,3 x 27,1 cm, Inv.-Nr. 1984.007.0012, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton (Ontario)

Adriaen Brouwer

The Bitter Potion, ca. 1636 – 1638


Dimensions
47.4 x 35.5 x min. 0.5 cm
width (lower)
35.2 cm
maximum depth
0.7 cm
Physical Description
Oil on oak
Inventory Number
1076
Acquisition
Acquired in 1872
Status
On display

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About the Work

An artist highly appreciated by Rubens, Brouwer worked in Antwerp from 1631 until his premature death. This half-length painting of a crudely dressed young man probably dates from Brouwer’s final years and is one of his most important works. The young man has obviously just taken some bitter medicine, for his contorted face expresses deep and utter disgust. In this representation of the sense of taste, Brouwer departs markedly from pictorial tradition: taste was normally symbolised by figures eating savoury foods.

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Title
The Bitter Potion
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Oil on oak
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert oben rechts: AB (ligiert)

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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1872

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