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With this superb painting, Louis de Caulery confirms his talent as a painter of architecture and may be considered as one of the initiators of a...read more
Ca. 1575 – Antwerp – 1621
Probably originally from the village of Caulery near Cambrai, Louis de Caulery came to Antwerp in 1594 and trained with Joos de Momper. He was admitted as a master in this town in 1602.
It is still impossible to determine the exact date on which he went to Rome. His works bear witness to his stay in Venice, Florence and Rome.
Clearly associated with genre painting, this artist depicted a great variety of scenes, such as carnivals on ice, firework displays, bull fights, great collections, allegories of the five senses, and gatherings painted in the spirit of the Fontainebleau School.
The tall stature of the figures, their studied attitudes, their smooth faces, and their bare foreheads characterise his style. His colours are particularly refined. His palette, influenced by the Italian masters, was an innovation in Flanders, using halftones, yellow ochre, Veronese green and wine-coloured tints. His architectural representations show his attention to precision and his great skill in the Italian-style rendering of perspective.