October 2, 2017
David Teniers (1610-1690), Revelers in an Inn, 17th century, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 1/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Fred V. Jackman, 1972.
Today’s Artwork of the Day is a highlight from the MOA’s collection. Flemish artist David Teniers the Younger was the leading genre painter of his time and is believed to have produced over 2,000 paintings including landscapes, historical paintings, portraits, and still life images. An influential artist, Teniers served as a court painter and curator to Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of the Habsburg Netherlands.
Revelers in an Inn depicts a jovial group drinking and talking at a tavern as evening approaches. Men gather around a table likely playing a game, as others warm themselves by the large hearth in the background. Characteristic of Teniers’ popular peasant scenes, its muted tones and simple interior convey a sense of the ordinary, congenial moments of seventeenth-century Netherlandish life.