Circle of Adriaen Van Stalbemt (1580- 1662 Antwerp) - XVII Century Flemish Master
A wooded River Landscape with elegant Company.
Oil on Copper - 8.5 x 22.8cm (approx 3⅞ x 9 inches) Framed in a contemporary Dutch wood frame
Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580-1662) was a Flemish painter of landscapes, history subjects, genre and allegorical scenes. He was an excellent landscape painter as well as a good figure painter, and his compositions are filled with subtle details. His parents fled in 1585 from Antwerp because of the persecution of Protestants by the Spanish Catholics. They settled in Middelburg and in 1609 he returned to Antwerp, where he became Master in the Painter's Guild of Saint Luke. He worked for nearly a year in London at the Court of King Charles I. For the King he painted the Family of Charles I, with the background landscape of Greenwich completed by Jan van Belkamp (Royal Collection). Van Stalbemt collaborated with Pieter Brueghel II and with Frans Francken II. The influence of other prominent masters such as Adam Elsheimer, Jan Brueghel the Elder and David Vinckboons is very visible in his works.
This little copper (see also Item No.00068) was in the past attributed to David Vinckboons but according to some scholars at Christies the style is much closer to Adriaen van Stalbemt. Jan De Maere in his "Illustrated Dictionary of 17th Century Flemish Painters" describes his style as follows: `He preferred bright colours enhanced by vivid yellow and azur blue. His backgrounds are fused with blue tonalities and his foregrounds are usually shady. Additionally, his figures are usually depicted in profile, and his viewpoint is generally low.'
Lot 113 - Sale L13037 - A very comparable 'Follower of Adriaen van Stalbeamt' was sold at Sothebys on 5 December 2013 for £92,500 (approx US $ 151,000)