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Title A Fête champêtre
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to circle of David Teniers II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest about 1635
Date Latest about 1700

The depiction of animated groups of figures in rich and elaborate costumes enjoying their leisure in an outdoor setting, usually a formal garden or a park, belongs to the genre of ‘conversation paintings' in the open air and it anticipates the eighteenth-century fête champêtre. The two couples represented on the left derive from Rubens's Garden of Love (c. 1633, Prado, Madrid, inv. no. P01690). The reverse composition suggests that the painter might have known Rubens's work through prints, such as Venus Lusthoff, an engraving by Peter Clouwet published in 1665.

Current Accession Number B.M.635
Former Accession Number No. 38
Subject everyday life
Measurements 90.5 x 118 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil(?) on canvas(?)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Publications Goodman, E., 'Rubens's Conversatie à la mode', The Art Bulletin, vol. 64, no. 2, 1982, pp. 247-59.
Notes Described in the manuscript catalogue as 'An out of door Fete - numerous personages in rich costume', in the 'Style of Palamede Stevens, 17th century', from a 'Russian collection'.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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