BRAKENBURG, Richard
(b. 1650, Haarlem, d. 1702, Haarlem)

May Queen Festival

1700
Oil on canvas, 41 x 48 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Richard Brakenburgh - together with Cornelis Dusart - belonged to the second generation of Adriaen van Ostade's pupils. In his work the peasant genre became overlaid with petit-bourgeois mannerism and pictorial style became a cultivated convention.

The May Queen Festival imagines a lovely procession of country bumpkins, all as innocent as the girl who leads the quest for spring treats.