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Adriaen Brouwer (1605-1638)
Adriaen Brouwer was born in Oudenaarde, Belgium. His works are typically detailed and small, often adopting themes of debauchery, drunkenness and foolishness. Brouwer himself spent much time in the alehouses of Flanders and Holland. Both Rubens and Rembrandt owned a number of his works.
Barbar Shop
Card Players
Bitter Draught
Peasants Fighting
Smoking and Drinking
Seated Drinkers


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.
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