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A Boor Asleep
  • Adriaen Brouwer (1605 - 1638)
  • A Boor Asleep
  • Southern Netherlands
  • c. 1630 - c. 1638
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 36.6 x 27.6 cm
    Frame size: 56.5 x 48 x 5.5 cm
  • P211
  • East Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The delicate palette and bravura handling of this jewel-like example of Brouwer’s art, painted on a beige ground, are typical of the artist’s maturity and help explain his appeal to contemporaries such as Rubens and Rembrandt. The composition was popular and frequently copied, Brouwer himself producing a number of closely related compositions. When the historian Dr Waagen saw A Boor Asleep in Manchester House in 1854 he described it as ‘by far the finest example of this rare master I know’.