The painting is typical of Diepraem's work in terms of both subject and style. It may be intended as a 'vanitas': the smoke from the peasant's pipe can be interpreted as a symbol of the transience of earthly existence. In a picture of this type the peasant is certainly intended as an object of humorous ridicule. The blue and grey jug in the foreground is Rhenish stoneware of the 17th century and occurs in another picture by the artist (private collection).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1622 - 1670
Full title
A Peasant seated smoking
Date made
about 1650
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
28.5 x 23 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Dr J. Seymour Maynard through The Art Fund, 1920
Inventory number
NG3534
Location in Gallery