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  • Shepherd

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    58x52 cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Shepherd

Flanders, 1650s

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 the Hermitage collection Teniers's pastoral genre is represented by the companion pieces of a shepherd and shepherdess created in the 1650s. The personages with individual, perhaps even portrait, features, seem at the same time to be little actors in the roles of shepherd and shepherdess. Teniers painted with great devotion not only the costumes and props required for the roles (crook, chaplet), but also the landscape "backdrop". The shepherd and shepherdess are holding a pipe and tambourine - musical instruments to the accompaniment of which a pastoral dance is usually performed. The Hermitage works are marked by the harmonious combination of figure and landscape, of the ideal human being and ideal surroundings. Present in the background of each of the paintings, though, is a "Broweresque" personage: an ugly shepherd, whose image, in contrast to the main figures, is treated in a grotesque vein.

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Shepherd

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oil

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58x52 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1930; transferred from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, to which it came in 1925 from the Yusupov Palace; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5594

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Pair to the painting "Shepherdess"

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