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  • Landscape with Peasants before an Inn

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    104,5x201,5cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Landscape with Peasants before an Inn

Flanders, Second half of the 1630s

The State Hermitage can boast one of the world's finest collections of works by the famous Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger. Over 40 paintings from the time when the artist was at his peak demonstrate the main facets of his oeuvre and reveal the distinctive nature of his style. In two monumental, magnificently coloured paintings David Teniers the Younger depicts the countryside around Antwerp (in Landscape with a Servant Girl by a Well, in particular, the city's famous Cathedral of Our Lady can be seen on the horizon). In both works the artist created panoramic views and was primarily concerned with spatial relations (above all with conveying planes receding smoothly into the distance parallel to the foreground surface). The genre elements are reduced to a minimum. The lone figures in the foreground in one of the works (Landscape with a Servant Girl by a Well: the servant girl taking water from the well, the everyday items next to her, and also the man carrying water in a bucket) represent vita activa ? an active life. The other canvas (Landscape with Peasants in front of an Inn) features peasants drinking and smoking, who embody the idea of vita voluptuosa ? a life full of enjoyments. The Hermitage paintings created by David Teniers the Younger in the second half of the 1630s are examples of his early large-format landscapes.

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Landscape with Peasants before an Inn

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oil

Dimensions:

104,5x201,5cm

Acquisition date:

Acquired in 1781; formerly in the Baudouin collection, Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-629

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Pair to the painting "Landscape with a Maid at the Well "

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