Wedding Dance - Technique and Styles
Wedding Dance in a Village Tavern
David Teniers the Younger
(Antwerp, 1610 - Brussels 1690)
A group of peasants enjoying themselves in a village tavern. One pair is dancing to the music of a figure in the background playing the bagpipes, other figures watch the scene. Two dogs are playing in the foreground. The painting is executed in dark monochrome tones of brown which was typical of Teniers in his early phase (1635-1651). A strong light enters from an opening at the back producing a dramatic Baroque chiaroscuro atmosphere. Teniers took this from Adriaen Brouwer who strongly influenced the early years of his work.