RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)

The Village Fête (detail)

1635-38
Oil on wood
Musée du Louvre, Paris

In the Brueghelian Kermis, Rubens returned to a traditional Flemish scene, with all its familiar episodes: here the joyful tread of the dancing, there the coarse antics of the drunk.