Antwerp 27 March 1678 - 12 September 1733
Signed lower right
Flemish School 17th - 18th century
Oil on canvas 26,5 cm x 38 cm
Louis XV style frame, 19th century, in stucco, gold-plated
Carel Breydel, known as Cavalier of Antwerp.
Baptized in Antwerp on March 27, 1678, died on September 12, 1733 in Antwerp
Painter of battles, scenes of genre, landscapes.
He had for Masters Peter Yckens and Peter Rysbrack.
He traveled to Germany, moved to Frankfurt, then to Nuremberg.
When he heard about his brother's success in Kassel, he gave up his plans to go to Italy and went to Kassel to join his brother. Here, the two brothers worked together for two years with considerable success. Breydel then traveled to Amsterdam. He returned to Antwerp in 1703, where he became master of the Guild of St. Luke in 1704. Since then, he has been painting battles.
In 1723, he settled in Antwerp, later in Brussels with the painter Zeger Jacob van Hellemont, finally in 1726, in Ghent. He is believed to have died in Antwerp in 1733.
Karel Breydel is known as a painter of fighting pieces and cavalry attacks. These paintings are ingeniously composed and painted with wit in the manner of Adam Frans van der Meulen, the main battle painter of Antwerp of the 17th century. He also executed a number of landscapes, and views of the Rhine, in the manner of Griffier.
Breydel also worked as a copyist and produced in 1703 copies after Griffier and Jan Brueghel the Elder for the art dealer Jakob de Vos in Amsterdam.
Several major European museums have paintings by Breydel.
Museums: Brussels, Caen, Chambéry, Florence, Mayennce, Nuremberg, Orleans, Reims, saintes, Stockholm, Troyes, Valenciennes.
Description of the painting:
The battle scene represents, a priori, the end of a fight or the retreat of soldiers.
We can see this state because of the confusion on the battlefield. Some men on horseback are fleeing, others continue to fight, flags are torn, horses and men are on the ground. In addition, the color of the sky shows that many guns have fired, because thick black smoke covers it.
TheThe high quality of the painting lies in the exceptional mastery of the painter to retranscribe the fighting or horses have a primary role.
The painting is signed lower right.