Oil on panel
Signed lower left: “B.”
In this painting we can see an animated town view, with peasants drinking and feasting in front of an inn. In the distance we can see many more people walking in the streets, holding a banner. One man is standing on top of something, making him stand above the crowd. In the foreground on the right side of the road we can see a woman pulling a bucket of water out of a water well.
Eugène-François de Block was a Belgian genre painter, etcher and draftsman. He received his first art education at the Tekenschool in Geraardsbergen. Later he became a student of the history painter Pierre van Huffel. After 1834, he lived in Antwerp, where he completed his artistic training with Ferdinand de Braekeleer.
Around 1860 he started to develop his own, more refined use in color, his early works were mostly humorous in nature, but he later moved into genre scenes, interiors, portraits and even religiously themed works.
His works are to be seen in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and Brussels and at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which owns sixty-seven of his works.
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