Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
• private collection.
The son of an art dealer of the same name, Isaac van Oosten was born in Antwerp in 1613. It was only in 1652, at the age of thirty-nine, that he became a master of the corporation. His production was limited since he died in 1661 without leaving any descendents. As a good Antwerpian, Isaac van Oosten liked to paint simple open landscapes. His works, situated in the second half of the century, were barely influenced by woodland painters. He preferred open spaces, simply animated by a pond or several clumps of trees. Gentleness and tranquillity emanate from a mainly hilly landscape. No breeze moves the trees, and the light spreads gently over the entire painting.