This beautiful painting represents a gunsmith's workshop in which a rich character makes a visit. The scene happens after the victory of the United Provinces against the Spanish occupier as suggested by the trophy on the right of the stage (beautifully painted, by the way)
Canvas 85 cm by 65 cm
Frame of 101 cm by 85 cm
Balthazar van den Bossche (Antwerp, 1681-1715)
Balthasar van den Bossche was born in Antwerp where he studied under the direction of the Flemish genre painter Gerard Thomas, an artist specializing in interior paintings of workshops and exhibition galleries. Van den Bossche became a master of the Antwerp Guild in 1697. He then traveled to France and maintained a studio in Paris for a while.
He returned to Antwerp around 1700 and worked for an art dealer. His success is notable.
He has important clients such as the Duke of Marlborough who during a visit to Antwerp after the Battle of Ramillies in 1706 was impressed by the talent of the artist and thus commissioned him a portrait and a scene of a battle.
Most of his work explores the different genre topics that were introduced in Flemish and Dutch painting in the 17th century. The favorite subjects of his genre paintings were galleries of paintings and artists' studios, which were also the favorite themes of his master Gerard Thomas. He has also painted alchemists in their laboratories, guarding scenes, talking rooms, happy companies and doctor visits.
Like his Master Gérard Thomas, he liked to represent luxurious bourgeois rooms and conversation rooms, which highlighted the social superiority of his clients. These interiors were adorned with symbols of polite politeness, artistic discernment, fashion, and wealth to show that his guardians possessed material wealth as well as social graces.
Price : on request
Price : on request