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"The smokers" (see related A | B | C), 1636 Adriaen Brouwer (1606-1638) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA

This scene of conviviality of friends, of smoking and imbibing beer, illustrates how alcohol is a "social lubricant", which inhibits inhibitions, thus stimulates dialogues during festivities. Portrayed are the artist with his friend painters Jan Davidsz (filling his pipe) and Jan Corsiers (drinking beer).

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