Dutch School of the 17th century attributed to Adriaen van der Kabel (1630-1705) Navy and harbor scene in the Mediterranean,
Canvas 55 cm by 38 cm
Beautiful old frame of 63 cm by 47 cm
Our painting is an accomplished work attributed to Adriaen van Kabel, The composition is structured, The two diagonals intersect at the center of the image which delimits four triangles with their own theme, The main boat is essential in the center,
The fortress composes the triangle on the left, the one on the top the sea and the sky, the triangle on the right a city with its port and finally the bottom that offers us the most animated part with many characters, some on the platform in the process of playing cards and others in small boats
Adriaen van der Kabel (1630-1705)
Adriaen van de Kabel is a Dutch painter, engraver and draftsman (the United Provinces)
In the Netherlands, he began to paint in the style of Van Ruisdael and Van Goyen, but would later be influenced by the Mediterranean style. He went to live a few years in Rome before settling in Lyon, where he got married and was active until his death.
His name is sometimes written Van der Cabel, Vandercabel or Vandrecabel. . We know very little about van der Kabel's private life; he painted a lot, but corresponded little. Nevertheless, most biographers agree that in his youth he was a keen individual of
From 1645 to 1648, he is Van Goyen's pupil in The Hague. Subsequently, he goes to paint around, sometimes quite far from this city. His first known work, a river landscape, dates from 1648. His productivity at that time was quite low in comparison with his French period; however, it is possible that a number of his paintings from this period were attributed to Van Goyen.
His paintings, up to about 1660, bear witness to the Dutch style, following the model of Van Goyen, Van Ruisdaal and Cuyp: the light of the sun, filtered by the moist sky, casts a burst of silver on the represented scene. Small villages are pleasantly arranged, The red-brown roofs of the houses, the colors of the walls, agree with the capricious range of gray of the sky.
After 1654, however, van der Kabel became interested in Mediterranean landscapes. We know of him a painting from 1656, Zuidelijk havengezicht met twee torens (Southern port view, with two towers), which then shows all the style that van der Kabel would later perfect in Italy.
While he is about twenty-five years old, he decides to leave (he too) for Rome, On the road, he stops at Lyon, where he probably lives from 1655 to 1658.
In 1659, he arrived in Rome that he was not to leave before 1666, and where he acquired the mastery of the Italian style. There, he joins the Bentvueghels armi them, it is nicknamed "Geestigheid" ("Humor"), a name that testifies to its vivacity, sagacity and biting spirit.
After Rome, he stayed and worked briefly at Ais in Provence, Toulouse and Avignon. He recorded his travels in his sketchbook preserved until 1930 in the Cabinet des Estampes in Berlin; this one is now lost.
He settled in Lyon in 1668,
He then produces landscapes and seascapes in which emerge a clearly Mediterranean atmosphere in shades that often lean towards brown. His work, at this time, shows influences of Caude Geléé, Casteglione and Salvator Rosa
From 1670 to 1672, the painter Johannes Glauber worked at his side, His reputation is built, so he realizes for the general attorney at the Court of the Coins several paintings for the decoration of his house of Saint-Genis. He is also invited to decorate the impressive Hôtel de Pizeys, He becomes one of the two "Master Guards" of the guild of painters.
He had several pupils, including his godson Adrien Manglard
It is in this city of Lyon that Adriaen van der Kabel died on January 15, 1705.