Teniers II, David(Dutch, 1610-1690)
Born in Antwerp and known primarily for cabinet paintings and scenes of peasant celebrations, Teniers was the son of an artist by the same name. Studying under his father, Teniers began his career painting small religious scenes for the Spanish market. The artist gained notoriety for his genre scenes depicting peasant life and work. These small-scale paintings were very popular among art dealers in Antwerp. As his reputation grew he caught the attention of the court of Archduke Leopold William, the Governor of the southern Netherlands. Teniers eventually became court painter and ennobled, moving to Brussels to be closer to the Archduke.
Teniers early work concentrating on dim interiors was later superseded by outdoor peasant festivals with a balanced, more open sense of light. Early satirical pieces of peasant life were heavily influenced by Adriaen Brouwer, a Flemish genre painter. Time and the appointment to the Archduke’s court broadened Teniers’ artistic output. During his time at the court the artist was responsible for collecting pieces for the Archduke and for producing pieces himself. Religious paintings and genre paintings were his primary output but the author was also commissioned to make copies of the Italian masterpieces from the Archduke’s gallery.
Works Cited:
Vlieghe, Hans. “Teniers: (2) David Teniers II,” on Oxford Art Online.

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