BROUWER, Adriaen
(b. ca. 1605, Oudenaerde, d. 1638, Antwerpen)

The Bitter Draught

c. 1635
Oil on wood
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Between c. 1625 and 1631 Brouwer stayed in Holland. The vivid brushwork which animates his little paintings and the portrait-like character of some of his genre pieces suggest that he had contact with Frans Hals. Returning to Antwerp he became one of the finest valeur painters of all times. His power of expression is also increased. The physiognomy and emotion in the Bitter Draught are not matched before Daumier.