Petrus Van Schendel (1806-1870) was a Dutch-Belgian genre painter in the Romantic style who specialized in nighttime scenes, lit by lamps or candles. This led to him being known as "Monsieur Chandelle".He made a name as a portrait painter and moved frequently, living in Breda, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague. He was a regular participant in the Exhibition of Living Masters and the various "Triennial Salons" of Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent. In 1845, he settled permanently in Brussels. His studio there was divided into a well-lighted space where he actually painted, and a darkened space where his models posed. He won several medals at expositions in Paris and London during the late 1840s. Some of his works were bought by King Leopold .
Our painting is in a perfect condition, beautifully signed. Painted on mahogany panel. Housed in it's original frame. One of the finer and more deliquate examples of the oeuvre of this beautifull 'Claire obscure' painter. His prices were always and remain high on the international art market, some up to 500.000 euros.
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