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David Teniers the Younger: 'Peasants at Archery'

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The painting, probably of about 1645, is one of the largest and most ambitious of Teniers's compositions.

The action in the foreground is reflected in the disposition of the landscape, which is largely featureless in the centre, behind the seated figure on the bench, but shows buildings to the right behind the two men who gossip together and to the left behind the man running towards the target. Teniers had an extensive repertory of such figures and they appear frequently in other paintings, as for example in the 'View of a Village with Three Peasants', also about 1645, in the National Gallery.

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