Édouard Manet - The smoker 1858

The barque of Dante 1854 The Anatomy Lesson 1856 A woman pouring water 1858 The smoker 1858 Study of trees 1859 The absinthe drinker 1859 The Boy with Cherries 1859
The smoker 1858

The smoker, after Joos van Craesbeeck 1858
41x32cm oil/canvas
Private collection

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Joos van Craesbeeck - The_Smoker 1635-1636
Joos van Craesbeeck
The Smoker 1635-1636

Joos van Craesbeeck (c. 1605/06 – c. 1660) was a Flemish baker and a painter who played an important role in the development of Flemish genre painting in the mid 17th-century through his tavern scenes and dissolute portraits. He created a few religiously themed compositions.
Joos van Craesbeeck painted mainly genre scenes and a few religiously themed compositions. His genre scenes depict low-life figures as well as scenes of middle-class people. The chronology of his work is difficult to establish since only one painting, the now missing Self-portrait in front of a Mirror is signed. In addition to the one painting signed with his full name, there are about 30 other paintings with the monogram cb or jvcb. Despite the difficulty of dating his paintings, it is believed that his earliest works are largely indebted to the subject matter and style of Brouwer. In these early works he relied on the types of Brouwers and he followed Brouwer’s palette in its subtle harmonies with occasional gleaming highlights. Like Brouwer he applied colour very thinly leaving parts of the ground visible.