Adriaen Brouwer is believed to have painted this piece between 1632 and 1635.
Born in Antwerp in 1605, Brouwer was a unique artist in his ability to capture the emotions and lifestyle of the lower class. Brouwer’s understanding of the 17th century peasant’s way of life was depicted in many of his works during the 1620s and 1630s. Brouwer is believed by many scholars to have a truly beautiful mind. Brouwer had the ability comprehend the behavior and lifestyles of less fortunate almost unheard of in the art world during the early 17th century.
Youth Making a Face depicts a boy seated at a table drinking a beer and teasing the audience. Although the boy in the painting is dressed as a peasant with filthy clothes, Brouwer captured the boy’s teasing expression, uncovering his lively emotion. Considering the divided classes of the 17th century, it is likely the upper class would have never seen these emotions on the face of a peasant. Brouwer created a bridge through his artwork giving the rich a view into the lives of the poor.
By. Jacob Marshall