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Jan van Kessel

River landscape

Copper: 16,2 x 23,5 cm

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This charming composition is painted in an innovatory style revealing Kessel as a landscape artist and painter of village scenes. The lively, warm atmosphere of this village scene owes as much to its pictorial style as to its range of manifestly true and delicate colours. The typically Flemish clothes are formed by touches of pure, bright and vivid colours, adding liveliness and vitality to the painting. This river and village scene is painted on copper, making it all the brighter and even more precious.

Executed in the delicate and precise manner so characteristic of our artist’s talent, this charming painting confirms that while Jan van Kessel was both a painter of still lifes and animals, he was also a talented landscape artist who knew how to skilfully portray atmospheric effects while showing his mastery in portraying perspective.

Provenance :
Private collection