The creativity of the Flemish painter A. Brauwer in the XVII century. was not judged to the point. During his short life the artist created a stunning sharpness of characteristics, boldness of images and temperament of images of the life of the common people. The works are executed with brilliant picturesque craftsmanship, impeccable in composition.
With the help of light and shadow, the artist reached the depths of space and the unity of the air environment. Characters of the second plan seem to be lost in the depth of space, the artist’s attention is focused on the foreground, where the main events unfold. The inhabitants of Broucker’s zucchini are vagabonds and poor people, eagerly devouring food, absorbing wine. They are written out by the artist with amazing passion and “mischief,” their faces are disfigured by grimaces, they argue aggressively or say, at any moment ready to go to a drunken brawl.
Complex angles, strained gestures and facial expressions create a surprisingly bold characterization of the images. Brouwer worked in Haarlem in F. Hals’s workshop, in Amsterdam. In 1631 he returned to his native Antwerp. During this period, Braver’s work contains not only stunning grotesque images, but also characters performed with kindness and warmth. Other notable works: “The quarrel over playing cards.” 1627. The Old Pinakothek, Munich; “Smokers”. OK. 1636-1638. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.