Interior of an Inn with Four Figures of Peasants

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Title

Interior of an Inn with Four Figures of Peasants

Description

David III Ryckaert, or David Ryckaert the Younger, came from a family of Flemish painters and was active in Antwerp. Influenced by Brouwer and David Teniers the Younger, he painted genre pictures of peasants that are often humorous. Compared to Brouwer, his works are more decorative and lighter in coloration. He is also overtly moralizing in his storytelling rather than detached and objective like Brouwer. Typical of Ryckaert's paintings of the 1640s, ours focuses on smoking and drinking, probable eroticism, with pissing or vomiting in the background, in sum low life behavior for urban elite patrons to disparage. Here a well-dressed young lady of ample bosom, mostly unlaced, is enjoying a smoke and a drink, and already looks glassy eyed while an amorous peasant with an enormous beer stein and pipe in hand eyes her intently. She is playing footsy with him. An older man in the shadows between them is leering, while a man in a hat leans against the back wall vomiting into the vat below. Ryckaert seems to be warning of the narcotic effects of drink and drug in combination leading to sexual temptation.

The ramshackle tavern has a print on the side wall. A broom, large earthenware jug, the man’s boots, and a stool with a black and white cat curled up on it are positioned across the foreground. The inn opens up to a landscape in the half-open door on the far right.

Creator

David Ryckaert III (Flemish, 1612-1661)

Source

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Date

ca. 1640

Contributor

Promised Gift of Max Oberlander

Format

26 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.

Medium

Oil on panel

Type

Paintings

Identifier

DG2012.8

Bibliographic Citation

van Haute, Bernadette. David III Ryckaert. A Seventeenth Century Flemish Painter of Peasant Scenes. Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols, 1999. Pp. 89-90, cat. A37, fig. 37.

Spatial Coverage

Flemish

Temporal Coverage

17th century

Collection

Citation

David Ryckaert III (Flemish, 1612-1661), “Interior of an Inn with Four Figures of Peasants,” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed March 23, 2017, http://pickeroldmasters.omeka.net/items/show/78.