Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
In Paris and the northern provinces, painting flowers on vellum developed simultaneously with the increase in botanical collections, during the first decade of...read more
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.