Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: Private Collection
Considered as one of the masters of Flemish landscape at the dawn of the 17th century, Adriaen van Stalbempt offers us a slice of life of man in the countryside...read more
1580 – Antwerp – 1662
The child of protestant parents, Adriaen van Stalbempt spent his youth in Middelburg where his family sought refuge after the capitulation of Antwerp. However, in 1609, he returned to his native town and registered the same year as a master of the Guild of Saint Luke. Attracted by the genre popular at that time, he dedicated himself to landscape, as can be seen in some twenty of his works dating from 1604 to 1629.
In 1632, the artist left Antwerp to go to London for ten months, summoned by King Charles I of England. He seems to have then abandoned all activity and we are still unaware of the reason.
The composition of Stalbempt’s landscapes was often described as eclectic. Some evoke the style of Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel. However, several characteristics help to identify his works: in particular, the technique used for foliage and the colour of the houses - light yellow and not pink as in Jan Brueghel's works.
Adriaen van Stalbempt’s highly individual personality is what gives it all its charm. Alongside Abraham Govaerts, he is considered one of the best imitators of Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel.