A Flemish Village Festival

David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690)

Born in Antwerp, where he was a pupil of his father, David Teniers I, he was one of the most prolific Flemish artists.

Teniers specialised in scenes of peasant life. Whether portraying village games, festivals or pastoral scenes, he excelled at showing the intimate details of country life.

The ‘Village Festival’ is full of activity and characters; a group of women running a race; the inn keeper, in his white apron, drinking the health of the winner of another game. A group of men in the foreground are caught up in their own activity of drinking and talking.