Dancing, drinking and amorous peasants in LRC; bathers in water at right; village buildings in distance

Merry and Rowdy Peasants at an Inn, 1653

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It seems harmless, even humorous, by today’s standards of social life. But this painting was meant to moralize about the dangers of drinking too much. Wouwermans infused his peasants with an individuality and naturalness of gesture that leaves no doubt about their drunken behavior: some are skinny-dipping, a few are being helped home, and one peasant is about to relieve himself on a fence post.

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Wouwerman, Merry and Rowdy Peasants (#081)
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Title
Merry and Rowdy Peasants at an Inn
Artist Life
1619–1668
Role
Artist
Accession Number
81.107
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Dancing, drinking and amorous peasants in LRC; bathers in water at right; village buildings in distance