David Teniers the Younger

1610 - 1690
Teniers, David the Younger
David Teniers the Younger 

David Teniers was the most famous 17th-century painter of peasant life. He enjoyed international popularity in his own lifetime and during the 18th century, especially in France. Teniers's success was marked by the acquisition of a country house in 1662 and by the grant in 1680 of a patent of nobility. His work was imitated by many followers, including his son, David Teniers III.


Teniers was born in Antwerp and probably trained by his father, David Teniers the Elder. The work of Brouwer was an important influence. Teniers produced a more refined version of Brouwer's peasant scenes, and later created scenes of fashionable life. His work was also influenced by his father-in-law Jan Brueghel.

In 1632-3 Teniers became a master in the guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp. By 1649 he was probably already working for the King of Spain, as well as for Prince William of Orange and the Governor of the Netherlands, the Archduke Leopold William.

In 1651 Teniers moved to Brussels where Archduke Leopold became his main employer. The archduke had assembled a famous collection of paintings, which became the nucleus of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Teniers' picture gallery paintings were based on this collection.

Related paintings

A Cottage by a River with a Distant View of a Castle
David Teniers the Younger
about 1650
A Cottage by a River with a Distant View of a Castle
A View of Het Sterckshof near Antwerp
David Teniers the Younger
about 1646
A View of Het Sterckshof near Antwerp
A View of a Village
David Teniers the Younger
about 1645
A View of a Village
An Old Peasant caresses a Kitchen Maid in a Stable
David Teniers the Younger
about 1650
An Old Peasant caresses a Kitchen Maid in a Stable
Autumn
David Teniers the Younger
about 1644
Autumn
Peasants at Archery
David Teniers the Younger
about 1645
Peasants at Archery
Peasants merry-making before a Country House
Lucas van Uden and David Teniers the Younger
about 1650
Peasants merry-making before a Country House
Peasants playing Bowls outside a Village Inn
David Teniers the Younger
about 1660
Peasants playing Bowls outside a Village Inn
Spring
David Teniers the Younger
about 1644
Spring
Summer
David Teniers the Younger
about 1644
Summer
The Covetous Man
David Teniers the Younger
about 1648
The Covetous Man
The Four Seasons
David Teniers the Younger
about 1644
The Four Seasons
The Rich Man being led to Hell
David Teniers the Younger
about 1647
The Rich Man being led to Hell
Two Men playing Cards in the Kitchen of an Inn
David Teniers the Younger
probably 1635-40
Two Men playing Cards in the Kitchen of an Inn
Winter
David Teniers the Younger
about 1644
Winter
A Gipsy Fortune Teller in a Hilly Landscape
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger
about 1640
A Gipsy Fortune Teller in a Hilly Landscape
Backgammon Players
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger
probably 1640-5
Backgammon Players
Peasants making Music in an Inn
Attributed to David Teniers the Younger
about 1635
Peasants making Music in an Inn
An Old Woman peeling Pears
Follower of David Teniers the Younger
after 1640s
An Old Woman peeling Pears
A Doctor tending a Patient's Foot in his Surgery
Imitator of David Teniers the Younger
17th century
A Doctor tending a Patient's Foot in his Surgery
An Old Woman Reading
Imitator of David Teniers the Younger
17th century
An Old Woman Reading
Personification of Autumn (?)
Imitator of David Teniers the Younger
after 1644
Personification of Autumn (?)
A Country Festival near Antwerp
After David Teniers the Younger
after 1646
A Country Festival near Antwerp
 
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