Village Barber's Shop
This painting dates from the time right after Brouwer settled in Antwerp after having arrived from Haarlem or Amsterdam. Barber, quack and surgeon - the village barber could do just about anything. Here he is shown operating on a patient's foot. Typical for Brouwer are, aside from the emotionality, the individual still-life motifs and the precisely painted fabrics that stand out in an otherwise somewhat dreary palette.