- Reference number
- Teniers, David (Flemish)
- Smokers and Drinkers
- 34 cm x 48 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Colección Real (colección Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1746, nº 160; llevado a Madrid en 1759, nº 160; Palacio de Buenavista, Madrid, 1766, nº 160; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, gabinete colgado de verde, 1772, nº 160; Palacio Real Nuevo, pieza de paso a la de vestir, 1794, nº 160).
Three figures enjoy tobacco in an expressive manner in the foreground while an onlooker leans through the window. Around a table in the background, another group of figures drinks or plays cards.
This is an example of scenes inside taverns with smokers, drinkers and players, which Teniers made during the sixteen thirties. He began with figures by his teacher, Adriaen brouwer (1605/1606 - 1638), which were his inspiration for the composition of these scenes in which he uses the same sort of overall color, although his scenography and dynamism are greater than those of his teacher.
The mastery of shadows, perspective and elements of traditional painting, such as the character leaning through the window, show Teniers' improvements in the depiction of indoor scenes.
This work was listed in 1746 as part of Queen Isabel de Farnesio's collection at the la Granja Palace.