A Peasant holding a Glass
The small painting of a drinker, smiling and holding on to his glass with both hands, forms a pair with a second peasant in the collection (DPG110). They are both painted on copper. Over a quarter of works in Teniers’ extensive oeuvre were executed on this metal support that perfectly served the artist’s purpose of showing intricate light effects and his love of detail. His familiarity with the support can be traced back to some early works on copper made in collaboration with his father, with whom he trained. Paul Bril, whose compositions were of great influence on Teniers, and Jan Brueghel I, to whom Teniers had close connections, both used copper frequently. Unusual though for Teniers’ work on copper is the sketch-like brushwork, a style that is reminiscent of some of Adriaen Brouwer’s paintings.
These paintings works are particularly small compared to his other paintings on copper and their function is still unclear.