Oil on panel
On the back is the hand mark of the city Antwerp.
Provenance: Private collection, Flanders, until 2020.
We are grateful to Luuk Pijl for endorsing the attribution of the present painting to Joos de Momper and Sebastiaen Vrancx. A copy of a written certificate (October 2020) is available.
Pijl wrote: “The work is confidently executed in Josse de Momper’s loose and colorful manner. No Antwerp master is able to render trees, mountains and architecture in a summary style with small agile dabs of paint, not very different from the handling of the 19th century French impressionists. Only very few of de Momper’s landscapes are signed by the master and they are very rarely dated. A very large painting on canvas, on loan to the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, is signed and dated 1623. (See p. Sutton, The age of Rubens, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1993/4, no. 80, ill.).
The present work certainly dates from the very same mature period of the master and a date somewhere during the early 1620s is fully feasible for the work (...) The colorfully executed, fashionably attired humans and the animals in the present painting are painted in Sebastiaen Vrancx’s careful manner. Their colourful clothes adda vibrant note to the harmonious hues of the landscape” ?
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