TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)
River Landscape with Rainbow1640s
Oil on panel, 27 x 38 cm
At the beginning of the 1640s Teniers began to develop his own pictorial language in the genre of landscape painting. He focused his attention on the Flemish countryside as a subject itself worthy of his attention, and not merely as a backdrop to his outdoor genre scenes. In the present landscape he includes wispy, dark clouds, with streaking rays of light piercing in from various directions through rain, and a rainbow in the left background. Along with Rubens, Teniers was among the first Flemish seventeenth-century artists to include rainbows in his compositions, not for their allegorical or religious meaning, but rather as another means by which to demonstrate his careful study of nature.