Boy Blowing Bubbles

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Teniers joined the Bruegel family when he married Pieter Bruegel the elder's granddaughter Anna Brueghel in 1637. The influence of Anna’s father, Jan Brueghel the elder, is particularly evident in this work, which has a refinement that belies its rustic subject. The soap bubbles that the boy is blowing symbolise the fleeting nature of life, and are exquisitely described against the dark background. This painting has undergone conservation, revealing it to be an autograph work of high quality.

Boy Blowing Bubbles


c. 1640


oil on panel


H 22 x W 22 cm

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bequeathed by Miss Mary Anne Barbara Holburne, 1882

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