David Teniers the Younger
Winter Landscape with a Peasant Couple Spring Landscape with Two Peasants saying Farewell
Oil on panel. Each 12 x 17.3 cm.
Monogrammed lower left, the second lower right: DT f..
These two seasonal allegories by David Teniers are small but precious examples of his characteristic style. The style and motifs of these works are comparable to works from the mid-1660s: The winter scene can be compared to a winter landscape in the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, and the spring scene to the work "Peasants Playing Bowls" in the National Gallery in London, which are both dated to around this time.
Both works reflect contemporary interest in country life. Among the upper classes was generally resulted in the purchase of country residences. In the early 1660s, Teniers himself also purchased a manor house, the so-called “Haus Dry Toren” near Brussels. The winter scene with a snow-covered landscape depicts the time for slaughtering livestock. The spring is a time for taking walks, for which the two peasants in the painting appear to be departing.
Written confirmation of authenticity from Margret Klinge dated 2.4.1978.
From the collection of Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctot (1756-1827), Norfolk. Subsequently in family ownership. - Richard Green, London 1975. - Purchased there and subsequently in family ownership.
Manuscript Catalogue of the pictures and sculptures at Langley Hall, 1815, Nr. 6 und 11, Cabinet Room. - Richard Green: Annual Exhibition of Old Master Paintings, London 1975, S. 32/33, Nr.14.
Zum Vergleich: David Teniers der Jüngere. Alltag und Vergnügen in Flandern, Ausstellungskatalog Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, 2005.
Royal Academy London, 1878, no. 118 and 125.