Smokers, David Tenirs the Younger, 1644
- Posted by David Tenirs the Younger
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1644
Description of the picture :
Smokers – David Tenirs the Younger. 1644. Wood, butter. 18.6×23
The image of smokers is a popular theme in the Dutch and Flemish paintings of the XVII century. Tobacco was brought to the Netherlands from South America at the end of the XVI century. At first it was used for medical purposes, later they began to smell it, and at the beginning of the XVII century. – smoking.
Tobacco smoking fashion has swept all walks of life. Smoking, considered evil and vicious occupation, was condemned by the church. That is why the image of smokers almost always had a moralizing meaning, contained a hint of the brandy of earthly pleasures, and the cursory items written in the paintings carried the symbol “Vanitas” (“Sieta vanity”). Tenirs addressed this plot under the influence of Adrian Braver.
On the ermitage canvas two characters are depicted (on the right, in the depths, a man who copes need is visible – a motive typical of the work of Tenirs). The smoker shown in the foreground personifies the Straw of Feel Allegory (recall that the personification of Hearing is presented in the paintings “Duet” and “Fleutist”).
Tenirs has repeatedly interpreted this topic. Similar figures of smokers are found in his paintings “In the Trick”, “Chickers”, etc.