Peasants Dancing and Feasting

David Teniers the Younger Flemish

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In this canvas of about 1660 Teniers treats a theme that may be traced back at least a century to Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There are several signs of excess behavior but the artist was clearly less concerned with preaching than with conveying the mood of the crowd. That such sunny spirits prevailed in the countryside was a view mostly entertained in the city.

Peasants Dancing and Feasting, David Teniers the Younger (Flemish, Antwerp 1610–1690 Brussels), Oil on canvas

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