- Reference number
- Teniers, David (Flemish)
- The Kitchen
- 35 cm x 50 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Colección Real (colección Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1746, nº 1092; La Granja, Casa de Alhajas-otra pieza-pinturas con marco, 1766, nº 1092; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, gabinete contiguo a los retretes, 1794, nº 1092; Palacio Real, Madrid, primera pieza de la obra nueva, 1814-1818, nº 1092).
This is a singular example of David Tenier's indoor scenes. The kitchen or tavern utensils so common in his other works are completed here with a magnificent show of diverse fruit and vegetables. This converts the right part of the composition into a still life. On the left, a character shells mussels, a traditional foodstuff in the Low Countries, while another group works beside the fireplace.
There is an appreciable evolution in the artist's way of approaching these indoor scenes, with greater use of color, as can be seen in the main figure's hat and cap, and in the vegetables. Teniers also replaces the dark tonality of previous works with a greater presence of light and highlights on the brilliant colors.
This work, of which there are other versions, can be dated thanks to the drawing in the background.