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Adrian Brauver is the drunkard and the hooligan or the portrayer of ordinary life?

Adrian Brauver (Adriaen Brouwer, 1605-1638) are the Flemish artist. Before us - his picture which it would be possible to call “Little rural flirtation“ (its official name - “A scene in a tavern“).

To the right of the viewer - two talking visitors, in hands of one - a tube, at another - a jug with a potion. Behind this couple - three characters, with serious interest watching couple on steps.

A hat on a floor, the overturned mug, some expression of wild despair on a face and a hand under the neigbour`s hem... Well, total absence of courtesy, at once a bull for horns (or how there still?) ! The improbable impact which came across the same improbable resistance: it pushes away him a hand and pulls for hair. Perhaps for this reason on a face of the boyfriend such expression?

Its rush was prompt - the mug overturned from the careless movement, its contents still flow on a floor.

What suddenly it so moved? Most likely, hop went to the head, and it lost feeling of reality. Judging by a type of this woman, it not from chippies. More likely, she is a hostess of an institution (or the owner`s wife) who sat down to the got drunk visitor to calm. And that...

- only give to the audience: free representation! It is very interesting to it to know, than all this will end? As naked knives are not visible, it is possible to assume that the conflict ended peacefully and all company continued the usual studies.

Have fun - time to be supported came. The cook bakes pancakes: over naked flame - a tripod, in hands - a frying pan, slightly behind - a vessel with the test. Working tools - shovels - stick out of a sock. On a background - eaters near a hill of pancakes, slightly closer to the viewer the girl eats some soup which flows from a spoon on a floor.

And here still the similar sketch, only now pancakes bakes the cook.

Behind it - visitors at a table, they drink and look after: the gentleman even carefully opens for the lady a mouth (or tries to present her we will kiss?) .

On a table - a bread hunk. But the people wait for some pancakes: the red beret even shouts something to the cook. And the cook just warmed a frying pan, on it fat pieces still thaw...

On a wall - a white spot. It is drawing of an owl or eagle owl (it is not excluded that it was drawn by Adrian Brauver).

On a background on the right - guests leave. The most drunk from two parties is supported that did not fall.

In this picture - the meal is richer. The feast remains - the heads of a ram and a pig, the cat in the foreground gnaws bones. “Little Red Riding Hood“ with pleasure sleeps embracing the gone to pieces barrel (in its hat some unclear subject sticks out, usually on this place there is a pipe). The people continue to walk: in hands glass glasses, on the right - a large bottle.

The person in the center of a picture with a bottle - the musician, in his cap sticks out a flute.

In this picture - binge competition. Naturally, won against the thickest: it has a dimensionless stomach.

And here the company was going to smoke. Probably, at that time smoking was as if club occupation. It seems that these people a rank are slightly higher: accurate clothes, more responsible persons. And even white cuffs and collar (self-portrait?) .

Ways of smoking were, probably, different: on a floor the white cylinders similar to roll-ups roll. The same in hands of the right smoker. And here the character at the left, probably, dragged on from a tube and now lets out a smoke through the right nostril.

Here the smoker gets a light from a pot with coals. The person sitting to the left of it is engaged in tobacco. Perhaps, it it just an istolok (to the left of it - a mortar) and now separates rough stalks from other weight.

But here the person “is full, drunk also a nose in tobacco“, time of music and romanticism came. The gallant gentleman with a lute - on a visit at the sweetheart, probably, brought with himself snack (on a floor oyster sinks roll). Here whose drink - a jug - is unclear. But it and is unimportant: they have a good mood, they are cheerful and happy with life.

Sometimes there are troubles - a splinter in a leg, abscess on a shoulder, tooth ached. Who comes to the rescue? Barber, hairdresser, it both doctor, and druggist.

There is its “reception“. In a visible place, on the shelf near a door there is the doctor`s symbol - a skull.

In the foreground - the owner, the barber potters with the sufferer`s leg. In the doorway there is the next visitor. The assistant (or the partner) is engaged in a far corner with the patient`s tooth. A situation (on present concepts) absolutely insanitary: an earth floor, in the foreground - the broom. And Aesculapians are dressed in the same clothes in which they go to taverns.

Health was restored - it is possible to drink and walk again. The next scene in a tavern: mummy reveled and fell asleep. And the daddy who sits behind too just about will fall. And they do not have business to the fact that the child asks something.

It is peaceful end of a booze. But more often wine is followed by maps with knifing. Any minute, they will cut with each other.

Except such “entertainments“, there were also some another daily matters. The artist left us couple of cloths devoted to life out of tavern walls.

“An unpleasant duty“: such melancholy on a face of this elderly man. It is hard to say - it is the father or the grandfather. Probably, something happened to mother of the baby (most likely, it is unhealthy), as compelled him to unusual actions. Behind - the grandmother who is not able to make it any more (dityo too hard for her), but still can give advice that she also does.

One more picture - “School“. The teacher leads a reading lesson (neither paper, nor pencils, nor slate boards). The instrument of education in her hands - a stick.

Boys and girls can be distinguished on headdresses: on boys - hats and caps, on girls - scarfs and caps.

Whose it were children? Judging by clothes - obviously not high-class (not noblemen, not officials, not clergymen, not military). Most likely, it were children of handicraftsmen who should have continued business of parents or to help them to run business. And the school, most likely, was shop, the shop paid both teachers, and room maintenance costs.

What roused the artist to write such cloths? It is clear, that in most cases he was a direct participant of events (both alcoholism, and smoking, and treatment, and fights), and here in a case with school? Perhaps, it drove the nephews or nieces there?

Anyway, in these pictures - life nearly the lowest sector of society in the 17th century.

Adrian Brauver was very talented. Its destiny developed so that it as if dropped out of a holder of the artists who had constant orders (perhaps, from - for tendencies to alcoholism). It was highly appreciated by Rubens - in the posthumous inventory of his inheritance 17 cloths of Brauver appeared. And who knows if not prejudice of Rubens to Adrian whether his pictures remained up to now? And whether we learned about not ceremonial aspect of life of the 17th century?