Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
• Baron Jo van der Elst, Vienna, circa 1930;
• Van der Elst Collection, 1953;
• private collection, Belgium.
There is a distinct charm in the clear legibility of his somewhat...read more
Active in Bruges in the last quarter of the XVth century
The distinctive artistic personality of this master of the Bruges school who worked between 1480 and 1500 emerged thanks to Friedländer in the aftermath of the exhibition of Flemish Primitives held in Bruges in 1902.
At this exhibition, the eponymous series of panels depicting the legend of Saint Ursula was displayed for the first time. On account of their stylistic independence and the particular motifs they contain, these works are considered to be legitimate antecedents to the incomparable reliquary depicting the same legend completed by Memling in 1489.
In any case, while his work shows an undeniable affinity with Memling's models, the integration is achieved in a distinctly personal manner forming a synthesis that at the same time pays tribute to the work of other great masters such as R. Van der Weyden and H. Van der Goes. The direct tactile force of the Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula's figures, as well as their complexions in which reflective effects interplay with blue tones, more specifically indicate the influence of the Brussels master.