David Teniers (1610- 1690)

David Teniers II  (1610 - 1690)
FDavid Tenierslemish artist born in Antwerp, the son of David Teniers the Elder. His wife Anna,was the daughter of Jan Brueghel the Elder and the granddaughter of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Through his father, he was indirectly influenced by Elsheimer and by Rubens. The influence of Adriaen Brouwer can be traced to the outset of his career.
Admitted as a "master" in the Guild of St Luke in 1632.
His touch is of the rarest delicacy, his colour at once gay and harmonious.
He was little over thirty when the Antwerp guild of St. George enabled him to paint the picture which ultimately found its way to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg the Meeting of the Civic Guards.
He seems anxious to have it known that, far from indulging in the coarse amusements of the boors he is fond of painting, he himself lives in good style, looks like a gentleman, and behaves as such.
Teniers was chosen by the common council of Antwerp to preside over the guild of painters in 1644. The Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, who had assumed the government of the Spanish Netherlands, being a great lover of art, employed Teniers not only as a painter but as keeper of the collection of pictures he was then forming. 
Teniers remained in high favor with the new governor-general, Don Juan of Austria, a natural son of Philip IV of Spain. The prince was his pupil, and de Bie tells us he painted the likeness of the painter's son.
David Teniers the Younger was honoured as one of the greatest painters in Europe.
Teniers died in Brussels on 25 April 1690.
Smith's Catalogue Raisonné gives descriptions of over 900 paintings accepted as original productions of Teniers. Few artists ever worked with greater ease, and some of his smaller pictures, landscapes with figures, have been termed "afternoons", not from their subjects, but from the time spent in producing them.
More than 500 plates were made from his pictures;

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