Offered by Jan Muller
Oil on panel
Both signed: 'C. Beschey,'
Carel Beschey was a Flemish painter and draughtsman who mainly painted landscapes that were in the style of, or inspired by, the Flemish masters of the previous century and in particular Jan Brueghel the Elder. Carel had three brothers who all became painters. The best known was Balthasar who was a landscape, history and portrait painter.
Carel Beschey was a pupil of Hendrick Govaerts. In 1727 he won the first prize in the life drawing competition of the Academy of Arts in Antwerp. Like his brother Balthasar, he became a director of the Academy of Arts of Antwerp.
He liked to paint pleasant landscapes with peasant scenes in fresh colours, which exuded a bucolic sense of happiness.
Most of his landscapes were populated with small figures in anecdotal poses set against a backdrop of a nice landscape or of some buildings. The preferred palette was pronounced blue-green.
Framed in 17th century style black frames measuring 40 x 50 cm
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