Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection
In the panoramic sweep of the overall composition, the minute rendering of the many anecdotal details, as well as the quality of the painterly treatment applied...read more
Circa 1665 – Brussels – after 1702
Born around 1665, Mathys Schoevaerdts began his apprenticeship in Brussels with the landscape painter Adrien Boudewijns in 1682. Admitted as a master of the Guild some eight years later, he served as it Dean from 1692 to 1696. His work was widely appreciated during his lifetime and throughout the XVIIIth century.
The precision of the spots depicted in some of his paintings seems to indicate that he spent some time in Holland. Whilst making some attempts in the «genre» painting, he concentrated mainly #on the landscape and townscape genres.
The influences of Jan Brueghel are perceptible in his depiction of market scenes and popular feast. Whilst being initially very faithful to the style of his great predecessor, he progressively developed a personal style where the events and spots depicted are rendered with special accuracy.
Later in his career, he tried his hand at more « Italianate » landscapes, and his paintings acquired increasing depth and delicacy in the handling of the paint.