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Village holiday in the crescent squash, David Teniers the Younger, 1641

Village holiday in the crescent squash, David Teniers the Younger, 1641

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Rural holiday in the crescent squash - David Teniers the Younger. 9Zh1Z2

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690) surpassed his parent and is believed to be a teacher. The best paintings of the artist were created in the 1640s, when he became the court painter of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria. Teniers gathered an art collection for the ruler and became its keeper. In this status, Teniers proved himself very bright: he not only made a catalog of the collection, but also made small copies of many paintings, including valuable paintings by masters of the Venetian Renaissance school. He is credited with more than 2,000 of his own works, although, of course, he was not so prolific. The Dresden Gallery houses nine works by the artist.

A significant part of Teniers' legacy consists of numerous works with scenes of the life of the common people. The presented picture is a typical example of the kermes genre popular in Dutch art - a village holiday with an indispensable small musical ensemble, cheerful dancing by the villagers, and amusing everyday scenes.

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