Follower of David Teniers the Younger (Flemish, 1610-1690)
Figures Outside a Thatched Cottage
Oil on panel, monogrammed, center right (in a cross timber of the barn).
Painting Size: 11” x 13.75”
Frame Size: 16.5” x 19.5”
David Teniers, the son of the painter David Teniers the Elder, was born in Antwerp in 1610. His father was a well known artist and was his son’s first teacher. In the early 1630s Teniers the Younger came under the influence of Adriaen Brouwer as well as Rubens, who was his wife’s guardian. At that period he worked in Antwerp where, he was admitted as a "master" in the Guild of St. Luke in 1632 (although he was already popularly recognized).
In 1647, Teniers moved to Brussels, where he was appointed court painter and the curator of the art collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm who had assumed the government of the Spanish Netherlands. He was a founding member of the Antwerp Academy of Art (1663).
Teniers painted a wide range of subject matter: genre pictures, still lives, animals, hunt scenes, landscapes, portraits, religious scenes and allegorical subjects. His works were very popular and he was celebrated as one of great painters of the 18th century.
Teniers was extremely prolific and had a large studio with many pupils, including his son, David Teniers III. Some of his pupils even took the liberty of signing his name to their works. This work could well be by one of those students.
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