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Village Fair, 1644

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 103.8 x 138 cm
  • Inv. 1904-F

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Molenaer was famous for these types of tableaux: eating and drinking in seedy taverns, dancing to bagpipe music and various other types of lewd behaviour. In the foreground, a drunken couple makes love lying on the ground. Behind them, one of the two distinguished gentlemen points to the lovemaking. A tavern with an outdoor staircase, which leads to a brothel, can be seen on the left. To the very far left, a man urinates, watched by a kneeling woman. Such peasant scenes were very popular. They were owned by townspeople who gloated over the riotous behaviour of farmers. In reality, however, country folk were nothing like the inferior beings they were made out to be in paintings.


Jan Miense Molenaer RKD
Haarlem 1609 - 1610 - Haarlem 1668
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Title Village Fair
Date 1644
Period 17th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year on the edge of the table: Jmolenaer / 1644
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1904-F
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300139140 genre pictures AAT
300236227 townscapes (representations) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
25G11 groups of trees Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25I2 village Iconclass
25I22 prospect of village, silhouette of village Iconclass
25I241 village street Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
33C relations between the sexes Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41A housing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc. Iconclass
41A775 wooden container: barrel, cask Iconclass
41C52 carousal, drinking-bout, orgy Iconclass
41C694 ham Iconclass
41C71 alcoholic drinks Iconclass
43A festivities Iconclass
43A1 periodic celebrations, popular feasts Iconclass
43A3 pleasure fair and circus Iconclass
43B31 inn, coffee-house, public house, etc. Iconclass
43C9 dancing Iconclass
46A14 farmers Iconclass
46A222 rural life Iconclass
46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife Iconclass
47D31 windmill Iconclass
48C7354 bagpipe, musette Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 100)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 130-131 (ill.))
Over het genot van de zintuigen in de schilderkunst : Hypersensitief ; Joachim Wtewael - Fernand Khnopff - Robert Devriendt (tentoonstelling Sint-Niklaas, tentoonstellingszaal Zwijgershoek, 30.09.2012 - 31.01.2013) / Annemie De Gendt, Robert Devriendt. - Sint-Niklaas : Stad Sint-Niklaas, 2012
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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