Oil on canvas
Both signed lower left: "M Schoevaerdt,"
Mathys Schoevaerdts was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and printmaker. He is know mainly for his landscapes with trees, marines and genre scenes. he started out int the tradition of Jan Brueghel the Elder and later developed towards an Italianate style.
His landscapes are full of anecdotes and delicately painted scenes of peasants travelling, sailing or attending kermesses.
Schoevaerdts' compositions are typically filed with many figures, as is to be seen in these paintings. The figure groups are individualized and carefully observed.
He painted with a bright, clear palette and many of his landscapes include an atmospheric sunset or misty blue mountains in the far distance.
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