Cornelis van Poelenburgh, (Utrecht 1594, 1667) Animated landscape
Oil on canvas re-lined 35 cm by 34 cm
Beautiful old frame 53 cm by 52 cm
This sumptuous painting from the Utrecht school was attributed to Cornelis van Poelenburgh. On a small surface, the artist, thanks to the delicacy of his touch and his talent as a colourist, has magnificently succeeded in a landscape of great richness with generous colors.
Cornelis van Poelenburgh, (Utrecht 1594, 1667)
He apprenticed with the mannerist painter Abraham Bloemaert in his city of Utrecht before leaving, around 1617, to perfect his art in Rome. He remained there for nearly ten years, and was one of the founders of the Bentvueghels, a sort of self-help group made up mainly of artists from the North and South of the Netherlands. Just as it had been the case for Bartholomeus Breenbergh who belonged to the same generation, he was then strongly marked by the landscapes of Paul Bril and the works of Adam Elsheimer. He himself began to paint Italian landscapes, characterized by a more naturalistic approach than was customary. His works met with considerable success in Italy. He left Rome around 1625, spent some time in Florence where he worked for the Grand Duke Cosimo II de Medici before returning to Utrecht. He then opened a workshop, where many students would work, including Daniel Vertanfen, Dirck van der Lisse ... His small ceremonial paintings earned him the recognition of the authorities as much as that of his peers. Thus, the Provincial Council of Utrecht acquired in 1626 one of his paintings, B anquet des dieux sur la Terre and, the following year, in 1627, Rubens, passing through Utrecht, also bought some of them. of his works. In 1631, van Poelenburgh lived briefly in Paris and, subsequently, from 1634 to 1641, King Charles I of England invited him to come and work in London where he stayed irregularly. Van Poelenburgh is the author of Italian landscapes in reduced format, refined works, with representation of biblical, mythological or literary subjects. These are paintings of Arcadia lit by a limpid light. He collaborated with other painters from Utrecht: thus he painted small figures in landscapes by Jan Both and in interiors by Bartholemeus van Bassen. Van Poelenburgh is a first generation Italianate, and his influence was significant on painters of his own generation, such as Breenbergh, and subsequent generations, such as Herman van Swanevelt, Nicolae Berchem, Jan Both, and Jan Baptist Weenix.