Adriaen Brouwer
(1605 - January 1638) was a Flemish genre painter active in Flanders and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. At a young age Brouwer, probably born as Adriaen de Brauwer in Oudenaarde, moved perhaps via Antwerp to Haarlem, where he became a student of Frans Hals alongside Adriaen van Ostade. He also was active in stage acting and poetry. He stayed in Haarlem and Amsterdam until 1631, when he moved back to Antwerp in the Spanish Netherlands. There, he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1631-1632, as well as the rhetoricians's chamber De Violieren. Tradition has it that Brouwer himself spent much time in the alehouses of Flanders and Holland. His works are typically detailed and small, and often adopt themes of debauchery, drunkenness and foolishness in order to explore human emotions, expressions and responses to pain, fear and the senses. The Bitter Tonic is an example of the type of work that depicts such responses, in this case the sense of taste. His work was well liked, to the point that forgeries were sold in his own time. Both Rubens and Rembrandt owned a number of his works. Nevertheless, Brouwer appeared in financial trouble throughout his life. He died at the early age of 32 in Antwerp, where he was first buried in a common grave.

 

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Adriaen Brouwer The Card Players oil painting   

Painting ID::  72143
Adriaen Brouwer
The Card Players
oil on wood 25 X 39 cm (9.84 X 15.35 in)

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer The Smokers or The Peasants of Moerdijk oil painting   

Painting ID::  73349
Adriaen Brouwer
The Smokers or The Peasants of Moerdijk
1627-30 Oil on panel cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Young Children Playing a Game oil painting   

Painting ID::  73475
Adriaen Brouwer
Young Children Playing a Game
17th century Oil on panel 35.7 X 48 cm (14.06 X 18.9 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Young Children Playing a Game oil painting   

Painting ID::  73695
Adriaen Brouwer
Young Children Playing a Game
17th century Oil on panel 35.7 X 48 cm (14.06 X 18.9 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Two Peasants oil painting   

Painting ID::  82950
Adriaen Brouwer
Two Peasants
Medium Oil on wood Dimensions 22 x 18 cm (8.7 x 7.1 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Das Schlachtfest oil painting   

Painting ID::  82970
Adriaen Brouwer
Das Schlachtfest
Oil on panel Dimensions 34 x 37 cm cyf

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Tavern Scene oil painting   

Painting ID::  83051
Adriaen Brouwer
Tavern Scene
Date ca. 1635(1635) Medium Oil on wood Dimensions 48 x 76 cm (18.9 x 29.9 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Jan Davidsz oil painting   

Painting ID::  83077
Adriaen Brouwer
Jan Davidsz
Oil on panel Dimensions 24 x 19 cm (9.4 x 7.5 in) cyf

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Das Schlachtfest oil painting   

Painting ID::  83191
Adriaen Brouwer
Das Schlachtfest
English: c. 1630-1640 Medium Oil on panel Dimensions 34 x 37 cm cyf

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Streitende Bauern in einem Wirtshaus oil painting   

Painting ID::  83871
Adriaen Brouwer
Streitende Bauern in einem Wirtshaus
Date 1630(1630) Medium Oil on wood Dimensions 30 x 25 cm (11.8 x 9.8 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer The Bitter Draught oil painting   

Painting ID::  83949
Adriaen Brouwer
The Bitter Draught
Date ca. 1635(1635) Medium Oil on wood cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Twilight Landscape oil painting   

Painting ID::  84509
Adriaen Brouwer
Twilight Landscape
Date between 1633(1633) and 1637(1637) Medium Oil on wood Dimensions Height: 17 cm (6.7 in). Width: 26 cm (10.2 in). cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Interior of a Smoking Room oil painting   

Painting ID::  84511
Adriaen Brouwer
Interior of a Smoking Room
Date between 1630(1630) and 1632(1632) Medium Oil on wood Dimensions Height: 22 cm (8.7 in). Width: 29 cm (11.4 in). cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Dune Landscape by Moonlight oil painting   

Painting ID::  84617
Adriaen Brouwer
Dune Landscape by Moonlight
Date between 1635(1635) and 1637(1637) Medium Oil on oak Dimensions Height: 25 cm (9.8 in). Width: 34 cm (13.4 in). cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer In the Tavern oil painting   

Painting ID::  84667
Adriaen Brouwer
In the Tavern
Date first half of 17th century Medium Oil on wood Dimensions Height: 36 cm (14.2 in). Width: 27 cm (10.6 in). cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Youth Making a Face oil painting   

Painting ID::  84856
Adriaen Brouwer
Youth Making a Face
Date between 1632(1632) and 1635(1635) Medium Oil on panel Dimensions 13.7 x 10.5 cm (5.4 x 4.1 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Youth Making a Face oil painting   

Painting ID::  85289
Adriaen Brouwer
Youth Making a Face
Date c. 1632/1635 Medium Oil on panel Dimensions 13.7 x 10.5 cm (5.4 x 4.1 in) cjr

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Peasants Smoking and Drinking oil painting   

Painting ID::  86033
Adriaen Brouwer
Peasants Smoking and Drinking
c. 1635(1635) Medium Oil on wood cyf

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer The Smokers oil painting   

Painting ID::  86334
Adriaen Brouwer
The Smokers
1636 Medium oil on wood Dimensions 46.4 x 36.8 cm (18.3 x 14.5 in) cyf

   
   
     

 

 

Adriaen Brouwer Peasant Inn oil painting   

Painting ID::  86546
Adriaen Brouwer
Peasant Inn
Oil on wood Dimensions 27 x 35 cm (10.6 x 13.8 in) cyf

   
   
     

 

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Adriaen Brouwer
(1605 - January 1638) was a Flemish genre painter active in Flanders and the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century. At a young age Brouwer, probably born as Adriaen de Brauwer in Oudenaarde, moved perhaps via Antwerp to Haarlem, where he became a student of Frans Hals alongside Adriaen van Ostade. He also was active in stage acting and poetry. He stayed in Haarlem and Amsterdam until 1631, when he moved back to Antwerp in the Spanish Netherlands. There, he became a member of the Guild of St. Luke in 1631-1632, as well as the rhetoricians's chamber De Violieren. Tradition has it that Brouwer himself spent much time in the alehouses of Flanders and Holland. His works are typically detailed and small, and often adopt themes of debauchery, drunkenness and foolishness in order to explore human emotions, expressions and responses to pain, fear and the senses. The Bitter Tonic is an example of the type of work that depicts such responses, in this case the sense of taste. His work was well liked, to the point that forgeries were sold in his own time. Both Rubens and Rembrandt owned a number of his works. Nevertheless, Brouwer appeared in financial trouble throughout his life. He died at the early age of 32 in Antwerp, where he was first buried in a common grave.