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    Sale 5430

    Old Master & British Pictures

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 19

    Jan Miense Molenaer (Haarlem c. 1610-1668)

    Peasants brawling in a tavern

    Price Realised  

    Jan Miense Molenaer (Haarlem c. 1610-1668)
    Peasants brawling in a tavern
    indistinctly signed 'JMolenaer' (lower left) and dated '16..' (lower right, on the barrel)
    oil on panel
    19½ x 14½ in. (49.5 x 36.8 cm.)


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    Jan Miense Molenaer was part of an artistic family from Haarlem: his brother Bartholomeus and nephew Klaes, with whom he sometimes collaborated, were also artists. In 1636 he married the genre painter Judith Leyster and the couple moved to Amsterdam that same year. Molenaer is often considered to be the point of transition between the Brueghels and the younger artist Jan Steen, also admired for his lively genre scenes.

    From the 1640's he painted almost exclusively low-life genre scenes that reveal a debt to Adriaen van Ostade in their crowded compositions and monochromatic palette, of which the present work is an example.

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