Friday, March 17, 2017

Before Public Gardens & Parks - When the weather kept folks inside the 17C tavern...

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) attributed to Backgammon Players.  David Teniers II (Flemish artist, 1610-1690) was born in Antwerp and died in Brussels.  His father was an artist, but young David was the most important member of this family of Antwerp artists. His output was huge and varied (about 2,000 pictures have been attributed to him), but he is best known for his peasant scenes. In 1651, he was appointed court painter in Brussels to Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, governor of the Spanish Netherlands; and he was also made custodian of the archduke's art collection. He compiled a catalogue of part of it, published in 1660 as Theatrum Pictorium, and made small copies of some of the paintings to assist the engravers who produced the illustrations.

As many as eleven artists, all with the name Teniers and all from the same Flemish family, are known to have painted works now in the galleries of the world. The different members of the Teniers family copied each other's works, giving art historians a difficult task in identifying unprovenanced paintings with certainty. In addition, the popularity of their paintings encouraged numerous copies and forgeries to be made.
David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) attributed to Peasants Making Music at an Inn


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) Cardplayers


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) follower Making Music in a Tavern


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) follower Playing Cards in a Tavern


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) follower Tavern Interior


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) follower Tavern Scene


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) Gambling at an Inn


David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) Tric Trac Players