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Maker(s):Sorgh, Hendrik Martensz.
Culture:Dutch (1609/11-1670)
Title:An Inn Interior with Peasants
Date Made:ca. 1641-1645
Materials:Oil on panel
Place Made:Europe; Netherlands
Measurements:Frame: 23 in x 29 1/4 in; 58.4 cm x 74.3 cm; Panel: 16 in x 22 5/8 in; 40.6 cm x 57.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black paint, within image): HM Sorgh
Accession Number:  MH 2012.13
Credit Line:Purchased through prior Gift of the Trustees of the Carlyn H. Wohl Trust

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Daytime interior genre scene of seven peasants drinking, spoking, and playing cards while sitting in a barn. Surrounding them are ceramics and baskets. An eigth figure in the background bends over while pouring alcohol from a large jug.

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The scene is a jumbled tavern filled with peasant revelers in various stages of inebriated contentment surrounded by the objects that made up everyday life in 17th-century Rotterdam. This work is a type of genre painting known as a “low-life” scene, which depicts the peasantry going about their daily lives. Within these images are themes of morality and vice (often touched-upon in a comedic manner) such as the overindulgence of alcohol, gambling, and the addictive properties of nicotine. Hendrik Martensz. Sorgh was a prolific painter during a century when growing demand from an emerging middle-class resulted in the production of more than five million works by Dutch artists.

-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)

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