Authors

David Teniers II, the Younger

Antwerp 1610 - Brussels 1690

A Flemish painter, son of David Teniers the Elder (1582 - 1649). He was one of the greatest painters of this period, with a catalogued production of nearly one thousand paintings. David Teniers the Younger was born in Antwerp and trained alongside his father. His first works, of religious themes and countryside genre scenes, show the influence of his father, his father-in-law, Jan Brueghel, as well as Frans Francken II, Adriaen Brouwer and above all P. P. Rubens. He was a prolific painter and his genre scenes were much sought after by the aristocracy of the Netherlands. In 1644 he founded the Antwerp Academy. In 1645, David the Younger was named master of the painters’ guild in Antwerp. He was Chamber painter in the court of Archduke Leopold William of Austria, governor of the Austrian Netherlands. He worked as a curator of the Archduke’s painting collection, producing numerous copies of his works, especially those by the Venetian renaissance painters. His thematic range is very varied; he frequently painted local scenes, like countryside festivals and interior scenes, mainly of taverns, with a sculptured strength and painstaking detail. The works that stand out of this type are Rural Flemish Festival (1652, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels), Village Festival (1646, Prado Museum, Madrid), Smokers at an Inn (around 1650, State Gallery, Schwerin, Germany) and Drinkers and Smokers (Prado Museum, Madrid). His extensive work is widely distributed: the National Gallery in London possesses a collection of 20 works, there are another 48 in The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and the most important collection, in both quantity and quality, is made of 52 works in the Prado Museum, Madrid.

Pastoral Landscape

Pastoral Landscape