Oil on panel
Traces of signature on wooden table ledge: "DT."
Teniers often painted the subject of tavern interiors, popularised by Adriaen Brouwer in the 1630s. In many of these, including the present panel, Teniers used an L-shaped arrangement, a compositional scheme he favoured from relatively early on in his career, with the principal action taking place this time in the subsidiary part of the interior. Teniers was a sharp observer of human nature, here the focus of the painting are two peasants enjoying a meal and beverages. The inclusion of a still life element in the foreground was a favourite Teniers motif, as a way of showcasing his touch with the fine rendering of the haphazardly scattered pots and pans.
David Teniers II was a Flemish Baroque painter, printmaker, draughtsman, miniaturist painter, staffage painter, copyist and art curator. He was an extremely versatile artist known for his prolific output.
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