Web Content Viewer (JSR 286)

Actions
Loading...
  • Card Players

    Artist:
    Teniers, David II. 1610-1690
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    39,4x52 cm

Teniers, David II. 1610-1690

Card Players

Flanders, Circa 1645

In The State Hermitage can boast one of the world's finest collections of works by the famous Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger. Over forty 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. The subject and composition of the Hermitage canvas derive from works by Adriaen Brouwer, who often turned to this sort of theme (for example, The Card-Players in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels). In David Teniers the Younger's painting grotesque Brouweresque figures feature in the scene of smokers by the fireside. But here they take second place, yielding, as it were, to figures typical of Teniers - with greater individuality (the three card-players at the table in the foreground). The card game in which the personages are engaged epitomizes the pointless expenditure of time. This work can be dated to the mid-1640s on the basis of the appearance, characteristic of that period, of a light golden tone in the colour scheme of Teniers's paintings.

Title:

Card Players

Place:

Date:

Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

39,4x52 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-577

Category:

Collection:

User collections including this work of art: