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  • Landscape with a Grotto and a Group of Gipsies

    Artist:
    Teniers, David, the younger. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    52x63,5 cm

Teniers, David, the younger. 1610-1690

Landscape with a Grotto and a Group of Gipsies

Flanders, Early 1640s

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. This landscape is among the works that the artist produced at the very start of the 1640s. Yet even in this early piece, where much is reminiscent of the fantastic mountain landscapes of the Flemish painter Jos de Momper (1564-1635), David Teniers the Younger displays great talent and versatility. Depending on the object being depicted and the task in hand, he was able to slightly differentiate his manner within a single painting. For example, the tiny figures (in the fortune-teller scene) are treated in a very painterly way; the rocks, by contrast, are outlined with a firm contour and more rigorously drawn. Their whimsical shapes accord well with the romantic lines of the castle rising on an eminence in the depths of the painting.

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Landscape with a Grotto and a Group of Gipsies

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oil

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52x63,5 cm

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ГЭ-566

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