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’.
Where to see this painting?
The Wallace Collection
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