Brouwer specialised in rowdy scenes of peasant life. This work, which is signed on the top step below the woman's skirt, is one of his largest and liveliest peasant pictures. He was greatly admired by contemporary artists for his skill as a painter, and both Rembrandt and Rubens collected his work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1606? - 1638
Full title
Tavern Scene
Date made
about 1635
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
48 x 67 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with the support of a number of gifts in wills, 2002
Inventory number
NG6591
Location in Gallery