A View of a Village

This is unlikely to be a topographically accurate view of a particular Flemish village. It is one of a large number of paintings of peasant life by Teniers, which rarely show actual cities. A pentimento is visible on the nearside of the stream; it would appear that a wooden structure has been painted out.

Teniers was an immensely successful artist who was court painter to the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, in Brussels.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 - 1690
Full title
A View of a Village with Three Peasants talking in the Foreground
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
112.5 x 166.7 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery