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Adriaen Brouwer by Anthony van Dyck
 
 
Adriaen Brouwer, Brouwer also spelled Brauwer (born 1605/06, Oudenaarde, Flanders [now in Belgium]—buried February 1, 1638, Antwerp), Flemish genre painter who influenced artists in both Flanders and Holland.

According to his biographer Arnold Houbraken, Brouwer went to study under Frans Hals in Haarlem about 1621 (he shares nothing of Hals’s style, however, and others have suggested that he studied with his own father), gained a high reputation in Holland, and returned to the South Netherlands in 1631. There he was arrested and imprisoned by the Spaniards as a spy until September 1633. He then settled in Antwerp. Except for a handful of landscapes, apparently from his last years, all of Brouwer’s pictures are of subjects drawn from common life—showing peasants smoking, drinking, or brawling in taverns; quack surgeons operating on grimacing patients; and so on. Most of the pictures are small and painted on panel. The coarseness of his subjects contrasts with the delicacy of his style, which in its mature stage shows an unusual mastery of tonal values.

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The Bitter Draught
c. 1635
Oil on wood
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt


 



Peasants Smoking and Drinking
c. 1635
Oil on panel, 35 x 26 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich



Brawling Peasants
Oak, 26,5 x 34,5 cm
Gemaldegalerie, Dresden



A Boor Asleep
Oil on wood, 37 x 28 cm
Wallace Collection, London




The Card Players
Oil on panel, 25 x 39 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp


 


Peasants Fighting
1631-35
Oil on wood, 33 x 49 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich



The Operation
Oil on panel, 31,4 x 39,6 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


 


Seated Drinkers
Oil on oak, 25,5 x 21 cm
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels


 


Smoking Men
c. 1637
Oil on wood, 46 x 36,5 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 
 
 

In the Tavern
Oil on wood, 36 x 27 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich






The Pancake Baker
mid 1620s
oil on panel
Philadelphia Museum of Art



The Smokers
1627
oil on panel
private collection


 


Das Schlachtfest
ca.1630


Die Rauferei
ca.1630






Kartenspielende Bauern in einer Schenke



Portrat von Jan de Dood






Youth Making a Face






Dune Landscape by Moonlight






Escena aldeana con hombres bebiendo






El peinado






Escena de Taberna






La conversacion

 
 
 

 
 
 
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