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  • Peasant Wedding

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    82x108 cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Peasant Wedding

Flanders, 1650

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 subject has its origins in the painting Peasant Wedding by Pieter Breughel the Elder (Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna) and in a lost composition by the same artist - Peasant Wedding Dance, known to us from an engraving by Pieter van der Heyden. The engraving was accompanied by an inscription, the last line of which hinted at the bride being pregnant. Continuing the 16th-century Netyerlandish tradition, Teniers depicted the bride alone, without the groom, seated at the table against the background of a cloth bearing the design of three crowns. The groom is absent as he was not supposed to meet his bride until the actual wedding party. The half-withered tree in the centre of the composition is an allusion to the bride's mature age.

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Peasant Wedding

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oil

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82x108 cm

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ГЭ-1719

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