Adriaen Brouwer often portrayed peasants as drunkards and hoodlums. And this slovenly man with his hand in his half-opened jerkin certainly does not look at his best. In the background, you can just make out a dune landscape and a couple walking on the left. Brouwer applied the paint very thinly with smooth, accurate brushstrokes.

Brouwer came from Antwerp, but also worked in Haarlem and Amsterdam for a while. His comical scenes influenced Dutch painters of everyday life.


  • Title: A Fat Man
  • Creator: Brouwer, Adriaen
  • Date Created: c. 1634 - 1637
  • Physical Dimensions: h22.9 cm x w16.1 cm
  • Provenance: Probably Lapeyrière sale, Paris, 14 April 1817 (Lugt 9098), no. 16 (for 150 francs to Alexis-Nicolas Perignon); Dowdeswell & Dowdeswell Gallery, London; purchased 1897 (for 1,700 guilders by A. Bredius, from whom bought by the Mauritshuis that same year)
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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