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Smokers in a tavern
Teniers, David
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Teniers, David

Amberes, 1610 - Bruselas, 1690

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Smokers in a tavern

1631 - 1640. Oil on panel, 52 x 65 cm.

A group of villagers sit or stand indoors, smoking around a barrel that serves as their table. In the background, another warms himself beside the fireplace, and a figure enters the room. In the foreground are cooking or tavern utensils, such as a jug, a cauldron and a barrel, which display Teniers' skill at still-life and genre scenes. Outstanding here, is the naturalness of the dog. Huddled up, he contemplates the scene's protagonists. As a representation of everyday life, this work illustrates the expansion of tobacco in Europe. Criticized and praised in equal measure, it was consumed on a customary basis at that time. Teniers takes no moral position regarding its use, as there is no openly critical element here, although the grotesqueness of the characters is significant as a possible illustration of vice. Beginning with figures by his teacher, Adriaen Brouwer, Teniers repeated figures and groups in his many versions of taverns and smokers. The present one is first listed in 1794, at Madrid's Royal Palace.

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Technical data

Inventory number
P01793
Author
Teniers, David
Title
Smokers in a tavern
Date
1631 - 1640
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 52 cm.; Width: 65 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, Museo del Prado: catálogo de pinturas. Escuela flamenca, Museo del Prado; Patrimonio Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1975, pp. 394,395.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 83.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 668-669.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 1366.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1480.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1480.
D. TENIERS. / 1480. FUMADORES FLAMENCOS. / AL REDEDOR DE UNA CUBA ESTAN CUATRO FUMANDO, OTROS A VARIAS DISTANCIAS EN DISTINTAS ACTITUDES. EL CUARTO ES UNA ESPECIE DE BODEGON LLAMADO EN AQUEL PAIS ESTAMINET. (TABLA.) / ALTO 1 PIE, 10 PULG, 6 LIN; ANCHO 2 PIES, 4 PULG.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1726.

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Update date: 21-09-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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