(b. ca. 1605, Neerlinter, d. ca. 1661, Bruxelles)

Company of Peasants in a Tavern

Oil on panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Van Craesbeeck's work of the 1650s does not differ substantially from that of the previous decade, except that his colouring gained a still greater brightness. He assembles the characters who - often in large numbers - populate his paintings, harmoniously and in tight, coherent groups. The Company of Peasants in a Tavern is a good example of this.

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