Youth Making a Face: Adriaen Brouwer

Adriaen Brouwer: Youth Making a Face

Youth Making a Face by Adriaen Brouwer, a noted portrait specialist during the Dutch Golden Age, paints a boy making a teasing face towards the viewer.

These studies in exaggerated facial expressions were called tronies (from the French ‘trogne’ for ‘mug’). The highlights on the jug on the table effortlessly relate the cool daylight. Brouwer painted this in 1635 when he was 30 years of age.

Adriaen Brouwer’s Youth Making a Face is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

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