David Teniers II, 'Smokers and Drinkers in a Tavern'

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David Teniers, the Younger, (baptized Dec. 15, 1610, Antwerp—died April 25, 1690, Brussels), prolific Flemish painter of the Baroque period known for his genre scenes of peasant life. He was the son and pupil of David Teniers the Elder. In 1637 he married Anna, daughter of the painter Jan Bruegel the Elder. Teniers painted almost every kind of picture, but chiefly genre scenes of peasant life, many of which were subsequently used for tapestry designs in the 18th century. His early works in this vein show the influence of Adriaen Brouwer (e.g., Peasants Playing Music). Many of his finer works date from 1640 to 1650. He was brilliant at handling crowd scenes in an open landscape and adept at characterizing his figures with a warm, human, and often humorous touch (e.g., The Village Fête, 1646). His landscape settings are atmospheric, and his still-life details precise. In the same decade he also painted a number of monumental processions (e.g., Procession of the Antwerp Civic Guards, 1643).

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