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  • Reaping

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    50,5x70,5 cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Reaping

Flanders, Circa 1644

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. The theme of the four seasons was popular in 16th- and 17th-century Flemish painting. In turning his hand to the subject of Reaping or Summer, Teniers was continuing the tradition not only of Pieter Breughel the Elder, but also of early 17th-century artists, notably Sebastian Vranx. Reaping depicts simultaneously scenes of the peasants' summer work and relaxation. On the left reapers are shown gathering the harvest, embodying the vita activa - active life, while on the right are idle peasants, drinking, smoking and playing skittles, embodying the idea of vita voluptuosa - a life full of enjoyments. These scenes are separated from one another by a darkened strip of ground. This division is not merely a compositional device; it also has a moral aspect. Drunkenness and smoking were always perceived as a vice and a social ill. It is no coincidence, therefore, that in the right-hand part of the work Teniers depicts the peasants in a more grotesque manner than on the left.

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Reaping

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oil

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50,5x70,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1910; handed over from the P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-2778

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