Wilhem von Bemmel (1630; 1708) attributed. Landscape animated by a clash of cavalry
Canvas relined 82 cm by 58 cm
Frame 94 cm by 70 cm
This very beautiful painting offers us a clash of cavalry between Moorish and Turkish soldiers (?) in the foreground. The characters and horses are meticulously represented with many details. The landscape is just as remarkable and rich
Wilhem von Bemmel (1630; 1708)
Born in Utrecht in 1630, he died in Wohrd near Nurenberg in 1708. He belonged to a large family of artists of the same name. Like brother Jacob Gerritsz von Bemmel (1628; 1673), he was a pupil of Cornelis Safteven in Rotterdam and was inspired by the works of Jan Both. He took the direction of Italy at the age of 17 (1647; 1653), two years in Venice before Rome where he became a member of the Bentvueghels and Naples. We also know of his stays in England then in Hesse where he spent 6 years, Augsburg and finally Nurenberg in 1662 where he became a member of the Academy of Sandrat. A painter of landscapes, he very regularly entrusted the creation of the characters to other artists, in particular Johann Heinrich Roos and his son Johann Georg at the end of his life. His work is vast as evidenced by the large number of paintings kept in private and public collections (Nurenburg, Augsburg, Frankfurt, Dresden...) His two sons Johann Georg (1699; 1723) and Peter (1685; 1754) paint and also engrave landscapes, thus perpetuating the tradition of Dutch Italian landscape painters in southern Germany.