Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
A brilliant artist, Christoffel van den Berghe provides us with the vision of a golden age in this delightful Pair of landscapes with a...read more
C. 1600 – Middelburg – 1642
In the first half of the 17th century, the tradition of floral compositions, inaugurated in Middelburg by the Bosschaerts, was continued by Christoffel van den Berghe. The charm that exudes from his paintings still retains the attention of enthusiasts of still lifes and landscapes today.
We know that our artist entered the committee of the town’s guild of painters in 1619 and was elected dean two years later. A pupil of Ambrosius Bosschaert, one of the creators of the great Dutch floral style, Christoffel van den Berghe became known at the beginning of his career through his paintings that closely resembled those of his master. A bouquet of flowers, signed and dated 1617, presents many analogies with the work of his elder. He has the same eye for detail and the desire to depict the greatest number of plant varieties possible. The personal contribution of van den Berghe resides in the apparent disorder he introduces into his compositions whose backgrounds are filled with insects and shells. He was thus attempting to find another mode of expression and to renew the genre.