Eine Wirtsstube
Michael Sweerts (1618-1664)

Eine Wirtsstube,

um 1655/60
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Dimensions of the object
100 x 95,9 cm
Displayed
Not on display
Genre
Malerei
Inventory number
854
Acquisition
1799 aus der Galerie Zweibrücken
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Michael Sweerts, Eine Wirtsstube, um 1655/60, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/Y0GR9y7LRX (Last updated on 14.09.2022)
This tavern scene is a tour de force by one of the idiosyncratic masters of 17th century Dutch art. In a well-balanced composition painted in subtle shades of grey-brown, Sweerts has depicted a small group of drinkers and smokers in a cellar tavern. The subdued mood, expressed through the poised inactivity of the figures, is characteristic for this painter. The scene provides a strong contrast to the countless humorous tavern tableaus of the time, as the riotous activity of the carousers always gives rise to a moralizing interpretation.

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