Flemish painter of the Baroque period known for his genre scenes
of peasant life. He was the son and pupil of David Teniers the
Elder. In 1637 he married Anna, daughter of the painter Jan
Brueghel the Elder.
painted almost every kind of picture, but chiefly genre scenes
of peasant life, many of which were subsequently used for
tapestry designs in the 18th century. His early works in this
vein show the influence of Adriaen Brouwer (e.g., Twelfth-night,
Museo del Prado, Madrid). Many of his finer works date from 1640
to 1650. He was brilliant at handling crowd scenes in an open
landscape and adept at characterizing his figures with a warm,
human, and often humorous touch (e.g., The Village Fête, 1646;
Hermitage, St. Petersburg). His landscape settings are
atmospheric, and his still-life details precise. In the same
decade he also painted a number of monumental processions (e.g.,
Procession of the Antwerp Civic Guards, 1643; Hermitage, St.
was also court painter to Don John of Austria, who succeeded the
Archduke as regent in 1656, and was one of the prime movers in
the foundation of the Brussels Academy of Fine Arts (1663) and
subsequently the Academy in Antwerp (1665). Teniers' son, also
named David (1638-85), often imitated his father's work. There
are several of his altarpieces in churches in Belgium.