Huybrecht Beuckelaer (or Beuckeleer) 1535/after 1602 was the younger brother of Joachim Beuckelaer. His paintings are very rare, they were often mistaken for works of his brother or even his uncle Pieter Aertsen. He is thought to have worked in the workshop of Anthony Mor as his assistant in about 1560.
In 1586 he moved to Greenwich where he worked for the Earl of Leicester amongst others. Our painting is signed and dated, however, the date is difficult to read. The painting is probably to be dated circa 1600 after his departure from Great Britain and is one of his later more mature works.
In theme and composition it is reminiscent to the works of his brother Joachim, but it breathes a more modern atmosphere. The handling of the still-life is quite detailed and refined, not a bold as in the works of his brother. The intimate approach of the maid towards the seller, is indicating she is looking for more then just food for the stomach. The rooster and the hen also indicate a sexual connotation of the scene. We would like to thank Mr. Fred Meijer who has seen the work in the flesh during the fair of Brafa 2020.
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