A Man blowing Smoke at a Drunken Woman

The woman has fallen asleep with a glass in one hand and a pipe in the other. The two men seem to mock her state, and the picture may be intended to illustrate the saying 'De Wijn is een spotter' (Wine is a Mocker).

This picture was probably painted in the early 1660s. Steen often painted pictures on the theme of female drunkenness, see for example 'The Effects of Intemperance'.

Key facts

Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A Man blowing Smoke at a Drunken Woman, Another Man with a Wine-pot
Date made
about 1660-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
30.2 x 24.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery