Inventory number
P01798
Author
Teniers, David
Title
The Kitchen
Chronology
1643
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
35 cm x 50 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Isabel Farnesio, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1746, n. 1092; La Granja Palace, “Casa de Alhajas-otra pieza-pinturas con marco”, 1766, n. 1092; Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Madrid, “gabinete contiguo a los retretes”, 1794, n. 1092; Royal Palace, Madrid, “primera pieza de la obra nueva”, 1814-1818, n. 1092)

This is a singular example of David Teniers' 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.

 
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