Frans de Momper (Antwerp 1603; 1660) and workshop. Night fire scene in a village
Panel 54 cm by 35 cm Old
frame 72 cm by 53 cm
Frans de Momper (Antwerp 1603; 1660)
Frans de Momper was born on October 17, 1603 in Antwerp. He is the nephew of Joos de Momper (1564; 1635). In 1629, he became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp. He left Antwerp and joined The Hague in the United Provinces (current Netherlands). In 1647 he worked in Haarlem and Amsterdam. He married the following year in 1649. In 1650, Frans returned to Antwerp, where he painted many monochrome landscapes in the style of Jan Goyen (1596; 1656). He draws a lot of inspiration from the work of his uncle Joos de Momper. Frans executes a number of variations on the river landscape theme with boats and a village (our painting is an example of this). The characters are on the other hand very different, one of the reasons for this is that Joos de Momper very often had them painted by Jan Bruegel the Elder and by his son Jan Bruegel the Younger, but also Vranck, Van Balen, Snayers or Teniers the Younger . In the case of Frans de Momper, the representation is more restrained.