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Abraham Govaerts

1589 – Antwerp – 1626

This Flemish landscape painter belongs to the generation immediately following that of Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel. It is quite likely he was the pupil of this master, or at the very least a fervent admirer. He was the son of an art dealer and became a master in 1607.

In the beginning, he drew inspiration from Joost de Momper and Gillis van Coninxloo. As of 1620, Govaerts asserted his own style by following a path situated half-way between Jan ‘Velvet’ Brueghel and Gillis van Coninxloo. Just like these painters, he loved the undergrowth, trees with dense foliage, and ivy-covered trunks and roots. However, he always featured vistas in the distance bathed in a gentle or bright light. Owing to the delicate and detailed work of Abraham Govaerts and the quality of his technique as a colourist, he can be considered as one of Brueghel’s best disciples.