Three Smokers

Three Smokers, David Teniers the Younger, Stadtmuseum Trier, CC-BY-SA
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License of this image: CC-BY-SA
License of original image: Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier - CC-BY-SA
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By: David Teniers The Younger (1610-1690)
Created: 1645, Collection: Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier, Trier, Germany Rights: CC-BY-SA

Feel free to recreate this painting with electronic cigarettes - or best without smoking!

Two thousand paintings are thought to have been painted by the flemish painter Teniers. Few artists ever worked with greater ease, and some of his smaller pictures, landscapes with figures, have been termed “afternoons”, not from their subjects, but from the time spent in producing them.

This is one of the many genre paintings of Teniers: it shows three men having a smoke and a drink. They smoke tobacco with pipes. The length of the pipes is an allegory of the age of the smokers: the longer the pipe, the younger the smoker. Why? The tar from the smoke slowly clogs a pipe at its end. The smoker breaks that bit off when the smoke is no longer getting through.

Feel free to recreate this painting with electronic cigarettes – or best without smoking!