Interior of a Flemish Tavern, with Boors regaling themselves, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 139 (Sale info: For Sale).
"Undoubtedly, the taste of his composition, compared with that of the Italian artists, is but low; yet it ought to be considered, that he took his subjects from nature; from persons of the meanest occupations, employed in the meanest office, whose figures, dress, actions or manners, could not furnish the imagination with any idea of elegance; and that he studied no farther, than to express the variety of humours observable in the characters of that boorish set of people, with whom he was most conversant. To study nature in its undisguised appearances, and to trace every passion of the human mind, in the lineaments of the face, and in the attitudes of the body, seems to have been the utmost of his ambition, and for that purpose, he frequented all places of public resort, inns, taverns, gaming houses, fairs, feasts, or merry-makings; and by that means acquired a surprising power of expressing the humorous accidents that promoted his own mirth or amusement, or that he might contribute to the mirth or amusement of of others. He designed and drew correctly, his colouring is extremely natural and transparent, and his pictures have a strong effect, from his accurate management of the chiaro scuro; his touch is free, firm, and full of spirit, and his expression is admirable. Some of his pictures appear rather too dark, particularly in the background, though perhaps that defect might have been occasioned by the colours having changed from their original tint. Painted by egbert hemskirk, called the old." [P. 23-24.]
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