David Teniers the Younger ⁣ Singerie: Monkey smoking pipe

David Teniers the Younger ⁣ Singerie: Monkey smoking pipe

12/14/2021, 12:23:35 PM
David Teniers the Younger ⁣ Singerie: Monkey smoking pipe and drinking with an Owl⁣ c. 1660⁣ “Dating back to ancient Egypt and peaking in popularity in Western Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, the singerie (French for “monkey trick”) is a subgenre of satirical art that depicts monkeys wearing human clothes and mimicking human behaviour. The subject’s first occurrence is attributed to Flemish painter Pieter van der Borcht the Elder (1530-1608), and later seen in France in the work of Rococo artist Jean Berain (1640-1711), who featured mischievous monkeys dressed in human clothing in his arabesque designs of the late 17th century. ⁣ The distinction of the singerie as a genre is often credited to David Teniers the Younger, who at the very least contributed greatly to the popularity of the singerie in Western art. He built on the earlier decorative motifs featuring monkeys wearing human clothing and acting in a destructive manner. In doing so, Teniers constructed highly detailed narrative images that depicted large groups of monkeys as allegories of human folly. A painting like this one is allegorical of the destructive nature of human vice, in a critique of the compulsive routines humans are prone to creating.”⁣ #modernart #20thcenturyart #paintings #painting #artlovers #famousartists #famousart #artlegends #masterpieceart #artmasterpieces #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #davidtenierstheyounger #davidteniers #singeries #singerie #monkeysmokingapipe #monkeysinart

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