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Circle Dance

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.




David Teniers the Younger
Flemish, 1610-1690

About this artwork

The Antwerp artist David Teniers the Younger specialized in scenes of merrymaking peasants, a staple of Flemish art since the mid-16th century. Although many of his peasant scenes include a huge cast of characters, this etching depicts a more intimate gathering. Two couples have joined together in a circle, spinning and kicking their heels in the air. In this period, bagpipers often stood on barrels when playing for large crowds, but here the musician sits beside a companion. Teniers’s loose, seemingly nonchalant style fits well with this humble but animated subject matter.


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Prints and Drawings


David Teniers, the younger


Circle Dance


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on cream laid paper


10.4 × 13.3 cm (4 1/8 × 5 1/4 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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