Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection.
This unusually precise and refined little copper painted by Pieter Gijsels, is a fabulous example of the pictorial quality of 17th century Flemish painting.
Heir to the great Flemish miniaturists, the artist particularly focuses on the teeming figures in this depiction of a kermesse. All the motifs composing this small scene are arranged in a perfectly harmonious manner and according to a great sense of balance. Lit by a soft light, these deep blue and brick-red contrasts are created by a highly delicate harmony of colours.
Skilfully coloured and contrasted, this superb miniature expresses all the northern lyricism worthy of the finest scenes of village festivities.
1621 – Antwerp – 1690
Pieter Gysels was born in Antwerp where he became the pupil of Jan Boots in 1641 and a master in 1650. Like his master, he devoted himself to both landscapes and still lifes. The style of his landscapes is similar to that of Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel in their composition and choice of colours. What makes his work stand out is the emphasis he places on lighting effects, sometimes using very bright colours as well as a delicate and meticulous technique, especially in his rendering of the background. Occasionally, Pieter Gysels reintroduces panoramic landscapes into his paintings. He is also known for the elegant portrayal of his characters, similar to the style of other masters of the genre: Hieronymus Janssens, also known as ‘the dancer’, or Gonzales Coques. The charm of his paintings, together with the diversity of his inspiration, make Pieter Gysels one of the most valued Flemish painters.