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Beuckelaer, Joachim (workshop of)
The Poultry Vendors
around 1565

The composition of the present painting is dominated by the robust figures of two young women displaying a variety of poultry. One of them, standing, looks out over her left shoulder at the viewer. She holds four dead chicken—a pair, aloft, in her right hand and two others lower down in her left, next to the basket that hangs over her forearm. Her seated companion, whose body also faces the left edge of the painting, looks down at two ducks, on one of which she places a proprietary hand. In the foreground is a wicker cage holding a live rooster, with another dead duck draped over its top. The display of victuals is completed by the basket of eggs in the mid-ground on the left and what seem to be two cheeses in the bottom left corner. In the upper right-hand corner, immediately behind the standing woman, is a man in a cap carrying a bushel on his head and a basket over his arm. To the left of the two standing figures, an arched opening in a stone wall offers a view onto fields and trees, with a domed tower and a wall just visible in the far distance.

 
Beuckelaer, Joachim (workshop of)
Antwerp, Belgium 1533-Antwerp, Belgium 1574
The Poultry Vendors
around 1565
Oil on canvas
height / width: 193.00 x 109.20 cm; 75.98 x 42.99 in.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Bader, 1971
14-034

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