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Village Feast
Teniers, David
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Teniers, David

Amberes, 1610 - Bruselas, 1690

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Village Feast

Ca. 1650. Oil on copperplate, 69 x 86 cm.

Peasants or villagers hold a feast in front of a tavern or inn, recognizable by its red flag. They drink, eat and dance to the music of a bagpiper standing on a barrel. On the left, various distinguished personages, who stand out because of their different clothing, look on with a combination of curiosity and indifference. A large church in the background indicates there is a town nearby. On the basis of works by his teacher, Adriaen Brouwer (1605/1606-1638), Teniers made innumerable genre scenes, but with a much more friendly treatment. Works on subjects very similar to the present one, which repeat groups of people and characters such as the piper and the dancers. The tree shown here was also used on several occasions. Here, it divides the scene into two parts: the volume of the house on the right, and the lines of perspective on the left, as was common in many of these works. Sometimes, the artist as been identified as one of the noble personages in this work, although others considered one of those figures to be a portrait of the Archduke Leopoldo Guillermo, the painter's patron. This work was probably acquired by Carlos IV. It was in the Royal Palace by 1814.

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Inventory number
Teniers, David
Village Feast
Ca. 1650
High/Height: 69 cm.; Width: 86 cm.
Royal Collection (acquisition of Carlos IV; Royal Palace, Madrid, “pieza verde de chimenea”, 1814-1818, n. 25)

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.

Dreher Faith, Paulette, The vision of country life in the paintings of David Teniers II, Columbia Univ. Microfilms Intl., 1977, pp. 104,105,110,142,173,214 fg 51.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, La Escuela Flamenca del Siglo XVII, Ediciones Alfiz, Madrid, 1983, pp. 80.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 667.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La pintura flamenca en el Prado, IbercajaFonds Mercator, Amberes, 1989, pp. 244.

Greindl, E., XVII Siecle L'Age D'Or de la Peinture Flamande, La Renaissance du Livre, Bruselas, 1989, pp. 84.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Klinge, Margret, David Teniers de Jonge, SnoeckDucaju & Zoon, Antwerpen, 1991, pp. 212.

Díaz Padrón, Matías, El siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Prensa Ibérica, Barcelona, 1996, pp. 1350.

Benito Olmos, Aurora, Arte y música en el Museo del Prado, Fundación Argentaria Visor, Madrid, 1997, pp. 150.

Klinge, Margret, David Teniers Der Jungere 1610-1690 : Alltag Und Vergnugen i, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe,Baden, 2005, pp. 272.

Lertxundi Galiana, Mikel, 'El pìntor de los aldeanitos de cartón, o un pionero del costumbrismo vasco'. En:, Antonio María Lecuona (1831-1907) : Pionero del costumbrismo vasco, Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa-Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, 2015, pp. 54-66 [56-57 f.17].

Other inventories +

Inv. Fernando VII, Palacio Nuevo, 1814-1818. Núm. 25.
Pieza verde de chimenea [...] {21339} 25 / Mas de vara de largo tres cuartas de alto función de gente rustica en que hay unos bailando y otros merendando y el mismo autor con su familia = Theniers

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 1210.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1210.
Teniers (David el joven). / 1210. Fiesta de paisanos. / Junto a una casa rustica, situada entre arboles que ocultan parte de una poblacion distante, celebran los lugareños, a lo que se infiere, los dias del infante don Fernando. Unos comen, otros beben, otros bailan, otros se entretienen hablando. En el concurso se ven tambien cuatro personas de clase elevada (cobre.) / Alto 2 pies, 5 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 3 pies, 1 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1718.

Exhibitions +

Antonio María Lecuona (1831-1907)
28.04.2015 - 08.06.2015

David Teniers 1610-1690. Daily Life and Festivities in Flandes
05.11.2005 - 19.02.2006

Pabellón de Bélgica
20.04.1992 - 12.10.1992

David Teniers de Jonge (Teniers El Joven (1610-1690)]
12.05.1991 - 01.09.1991

Update date: 07-02-2018 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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