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  • Sébastien Bourdon
Interior of an Inn

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Interior of an Inn about 1640

On Display Scottish National Gallery

Bourdon produced the majority of his small naturalistic scenes during his visit to Italy from 1634-7, where he was influenced by the genre paintings of the followers of Pieter van Laer, known as the ‘Bamboccianti’. On his return to Paris in 1637 he continued to paint in the ‘Bamboccianti’ style, but adapted his work to Parisian tastes by using brighter colours than he had in Italy. Around twenty of these genre paintings survive from the years following his return to Paris, including this one. Parallels can be drawn with the work of the Le Nain brothers who were active in France during the first half of the seventeenth century and were well known for their scenes of peasant life.

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A French term that denotes different types of paintings, such as landscape, portrait or still life. The phrase ‘genre painting’ is used specifically to describe works depicting everyday scenes.



  • Acc. No. NG 2864
  • Medium Oil on copper
  • Size 24.10 x 31.00 cm; (framed: 37.00 x 44.00 x 3.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 2012 with the assistance of The Art Fund