Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection
A subject invented by Jan Brueghel the Elder at the beginning of the 17th century, river landscapes became extraordinarily popular in 17th century Flemish...read more
Antwerp, 1650 ? - ? 1700
An artist known for his compositions featuring the animal kingdom such as ‘Terrestrial Paradise’, ‘Noah’s Ark’, or ‘Orpheus Charming the Animals’ (auction Paris, Orsay, 21 November 1978, no. 27; London, Sotheby's, 16 April 1980; Paris Drouot, 24 October 1980; Monaco, Sotheby's, 14 February 1983, no. 610), Jacob Bouttats belonged to a dynasty of Antwerp painters that included, besides his father Frederick the Elder, his brother Frederick the Younger, and Balthasar.
It was Jacob who continued the work of his father. He himself was a follower of the great Flemish tradition of painting flowers and animals leading on from the works of Jan Brueghel the Elder.
A series of twelve paintings on copper signed with the initials ‘I.B.’ portraying the episodes of ‘Genesis’ kept at the Navarre Museum (Pamplona), are attributed to him.