Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection
This charming composition is painted in an innovatory style revealing Kessel as a landscape artist and painter of village scenes. The lively, warm atmosphere of this village scene owes as much to its pictorial style as to its range of manifestly true and delicate colours. The typically Flemish clothes are formed by touches of pure, bright and vivid colours, adding liveliness and vitality to the painting. This river and village scene is painted on copper, making it all the brighter and even more precious.
Executed in the delicate and precise manner so characteristic of our artist’s talent, this charming painting confirms that while Jan van Kessel was both a painter of still lifes and animals, he was also a talented landscape artist who knew how to skilfully portray atmospheric effects while showing his mastery in portraying perspective.
1626 - Antwerp - 1679
The grandson of the "Velvet" Brueghel on his mother’s side, and the nephew of both Jan Brueghel the Younger and David Teniers, Jan van Kessel was influenced more by his grandfather and his uncle than by his apprenticeship to Simon de Vos.
He specialised in painting animals, birds, amphibians and insects, which he included notably in representations of the Four Elements, the Four Corners of the Earth, (Museums of Cambridge, Madrid, Prague, and Strasbourg), allegories, and fables as well as very small-scale gallery scenes. Jan van Kessel was also one of the most brillant floral painters of the century. His roses often pink in colour, and his tulips are finely detailed and arranged in airy bouquets. This finesse in handling detail is also seen in his still lives of fruit and in the objects included in them such as dishes, baskets, and vases. The charm of his compositions, and their exquisite and precise rendering, together with the rich and dazzling hues of his palette have made Jan van Kessel one of the most appealing and highly-regarded of the Flemish masters.