Old master painting, the subject soldiers in an extensive landscape battle scene, some mounted, 16" by 24 3/4", unframed, on old canvas, relined long ago, not signed, but on the stretcher is written in old hand "Borgognone". JACQUES COURTOIS, 1621-1676, was well known for his skill painting battle scenes. As a result of his fame, centuries later, it is tempting apparently to attribute all unsigned battle paintings to his hand, or his studio, or circle. A large number of auction houses in Europe and America have handled such works, and even the most eminent among them seem uncertain about their authorship. I feel comfortable stating that this one is at least in the style or manner of the artist. Courtois was born in France, near Besancon, and he died in Rome. His painting abilities led him to prosperity, and he evidently traveled with some frequency between France and within Italy. Autograph large works by his hand have exceeded $400,000 at auction, and they reside in major museums. After the penciled name "Bourgignone" on the stretcher is the word "Spanish xxxx...". A nicely painted old master for the traditional interior.
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