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  • Tavern Scene (The Village Fiddler)

    Artist:
    Brouwer, Adriaen. 1605/06-1638
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    25x33,5 cm

Brouwer, Adriaen. 1605/06-1638

Tavern Scene (The Village Fiddler)

Flanders, 1634-1638

Until recently scholars regarded the Hermitage painting as the depiction of an argument on the point of becoming violent. According to this version, a man holding a pair of spectacles is peering into the open window of the inn from the street. Two peasants are sitting by the window. One of them (on the far left) has noticed the uninvited spectator and is about to hit him with a broom. In actual fact, though, the painting depicts peasants listening to the playing and singing of the village fiddler (who embodies the sense of Hearing). The figure shown in the left foreground is holding not a broom, as was formerly believed, but a violin. This detail can be seen more clearly in a variant of the painting now in the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France. The Hermitage painting dates from the late part of Brouwer's career (circa 1634-38). It presents a tonal manner of painting and a slightly subdued palette, occasionally enlivened with patches of bright colour.

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Tavern Scene (The Village Fiddler)

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oil

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25x33,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1770; acquired from the collection of Francois Tronchin in Geneva

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-643

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