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  • NameDavid Teniers d.y.
  • Sexmale
  • Nationality/DatesFlemish, born 1610, dead 1690
BiographyLandscape- and genre painter and etcher. Born
in Antwerp, where he was reportedly a pupil of his
father, the painter and art dealer David Teniers I. He
was received as a master in the Antwerp Guild of St.
Luke in 1632/1633, and served as Dean for the year
1645/1646. He was closely associated with many
Antwerp painters, especially his father-in-law Jan
Brueghel I. On 22 June 1637 he married Anna
Brueghel, with Peter Paul Rubens serving as a witness,
and moved into his father-in-law’s house, “De
Meerminne”, in the Lange Nieuwstraat. During the
1640s Teniers prospered and was able to rent a manor
house, “Drij Toren” (Three Towers) near Perck,
between Mechelen and Vilvoorde, which he then
purchased in 1662. Within a few months of the
arrival in Brussels in 1647 of the newly appointed
Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Archduke
Leopold Wilhelm, Teniers II was employed in his
service; in 1651 he succeeded Jan van den Hoecke as
court painter and director of the Archduke’s paintings
collection. Teniers II served the Archduke’s successor,
Don Juan of Austria (governor from 1656 to 1659), in
the same capacity, and was honoured with the title
ayuda de cámara by both princes. He also worked for
Philip IV of Spain and Willem II of the Northern
Netherlands. From 1650 to 1655 he was travelling in
England, where he had been sent in 1651 to purchase
paintings from the collection of King Charles I. With
his second marriage in October 1656 to Isabella de
Fren, daughter of Andries de Fren, secretary to the
Council of Brabant, Teniers II initiated a long drawn
out process to obtain a patent of nobility (which finally
succeeded in 1680). Teniers was one of the founding
members of the Académie royale in Antwerp,
established in 1663, and he continued to date paintings
at least as late as 1680.
A specialist in low-life genre, peasant kermises and
guardroom scenes, Teniers was a long-lived and
remarkably prolific artist, who produced one of the
largest oeuvres in the history of painting. Together
with Adriaen Brouwer he was the most important
17th-century Flemish painter of low-life genre scenes.
The greater part comprises scenes of peasant life
inspired by Brouwer’s unapologetically naturalistic
work of the 1630s, and greatly influenced by Dutch
genre painters. He also painted history- and mythological
subjects, allegories, low-life professions
(alchemists and quack doctors), a few high-life subjects
and views of collectors’ cabinets, and the staffage
in numerous pictures by other artists. He did not
paint many religious subjects, with one exception:
scenes of witches and demons assaulting St. Anthony,
in the tradition of Hieronymus Bosch. He also popularized
singeries, the humorous genre tradition in
which monkeys were substituted for humans. His
landscapes owe a debt to Paul Bril and Joos de Momper.
In his mature career he sometimes collaborated
with Jan van Kessel and Jan Davidsz. de Heem. An
inventive artist, Teniers II’s ideas were also widely disseminated
through reproductive prints and served as
designs for tapestries. His works were being copied in
his own time, and many paintings by his imitators
have frequently been misattributed to him.
The Dice Game
  • The Dice Game

  • Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: (h x b) 42 x 56,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 62 x 77 x 8 cm
  • Copy after: David Teniers d.y., Flemish, born 1610, dead 1690
  • NM 651
Interior of a Tavern
Tavern Scene with Pipe-smokers
Farmers Making Music
The Card Game
  • The Card Game

  • Oil on oak,
  • Dimensions: (h x b) 24 x 19 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 34 x 28 x 3 cm
  • Artist: David Teniers d.y., Flemish, born 1610, dead 1690. Manner of
  • NM 6779
An Unknown Man
Peasants Feasting Outside a Village Inn
Drickande bondfolk
Holländsk bondgård
Holländsk bondgård
"Taverna I"
  • Wedding

  • Grafit på papper
  • Dimensions: (h x b) 25,2 x 41,1 cm
    Passepartout: (h x b) 42 x 50 cm
  • Artist: David Teniers d.y., Flemish, born 1610, dead 1690
  • NMH 2120/1863
Study of Two Hunters and a Peasant with Dogs
Ascension of the Virgin
Kvinna och två barn (Vanitas-framställning?)
Heraldisk komposition
Studie av sugga med smågrisar
Tavern Scene with Smokers
Interior of a Tavern
Guards of a Camp
Landscape with Hay Harvesters near a Castle
The Tempation of St Anthony
The Repentant St Peter
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