Flemish school attributed to Théobald Michau (1676 Tournai, 1765 Antwerp) Peasant and village scene in a lively landscape
Oil on panel 69 cm by 54.5 cm
Old frame of 86 cm by 72 cm
Our painting is a subject that the painter has taken up on several occasions with varying degrees of variation and above all with different panel dimensions. 40.7 cm by 29 for the one that can be admired at the Prado in Madrid, 51.5 cm by 39 for the one offered for sale in Warsaw, 57 cm by 40.7 for the one sold by Sotheby's. Ours is 69 cm by 54.5 cm and seems to be one of the biggest.
Théobald Michau (1676 Tournai, 1765 Antwerp)
Theobald Michau left us an abundant body of work but few details about his life. He began his training with the painter Luc Achtschellinck then became a pupil of Jan Bueghel de Velours, whose taste for bright and contrasting colors he kept in particular. Master of the Brussels Guild in 1698, he joined the Antwerp Guild in 1710.