An Interior of an Inn with a Peasant Smoking a Pipe and a Soldier Drinking, other Figures Smoking and Drinking in the Background
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Joos van Craesbeeck ( Neerlinter 1605 - Brussels 1661 )
Flemish painter Joos van Craesbeeck was the son of an alderman and baker. In 1631 he became a citizen of Antwerp and was entered as a journeyman baker, probably at the age of about 25, though a Self-portrait in front of a Mirror (previously at the Kunsthalle, Bremen; now untraced) had an old inscription on the back (not in the artist’s hand) stating that Craesbeeck was 39 in 1647. He married Johanna Tielens, the daughter of the deceased Antwerp prison baker, in the chapel of Het Gasteel, the Antwerp prison, in January 1631. In 1633–4 he was enrolled as a baker and painter in the Guild of St Luke at Antwerp, and in 1637 he was listed as the proprietor of a new house with a bakery there. He subsequently moved to Brussels, where he became a master in the painter’s guild in 1651. In 1653–4 he registered two pupils with the guild.