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  • Rural Feast

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    97,2x130,5 cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Rural Feast

Flanders, 1646

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. David Teniers the Younger often depicted rural festivities. The Hermitage possesses two works on this theme, created in 1646 and 1648 (Village Festival). In the 18th century the two works were mistakenly considered to be a pair. Teniers made a contribution to the interpretation of the "Village Festival", a subject that had a long tradition in painting, above all through the inventiveness he displayed in arranging scenes involving large numbers of people. Although they are similar in type, the participants of this "crowd scene" each have their own face and their own little role, in accordance with which they are allotted unique gestures and poses. Notable in the 1646 painting is the little page holding a jug and a tray of food, who is serving a noble gentleman, while in the 1648 painting a similar personage is occupied in a different way - holding the reins of a horse. Each of the dramatis personae is given his or her own little "episode" (usually comic, sometimes with a moral subtext). On the left-hand edge of this canvas, for example, next to a pigsty a woman tries to get her drunken husband to stand. This little scene is an illustration of an old Dutch saying - "Someone who behaves like a pig belongs in a pigsty".

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Rural Feast

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

97,2x130,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1772; acquired from the Duc de Etienne-Francois Choiseul collection in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-594

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