Flemish painter 17th century - inv. 1059

Flemish painter of 17th century

Landscape with Horsemen and a Wagon
1650-1700
  
10 x 15 cm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1059

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This work is linked to Landscape with Horsemen (inv. 1060).

The small pair of paintings are composed in a similar fashion, with figures in the foreground, a castle and a landscape background with hills and trees.

Formerly attributed to the school of Bruegel and to that of Johann Christian Brand, the two panels are today thought more generically to be by a Flemish master influenced by Adrian Frans Boudewyns (Brussels, 1644–1714) and dated to the end of the 17th century. On the other hand, the assured and rapid brushstroke and the palette of delicate colours (whites, pink, light blue, greens) might indicate an 18th-century date.

The type and attitude of the figures recur in the genre of ‘pausing horsemen’, widely diffused through the work of Philips Wouwerman (Haarlem, 1619–1668), a Dutch painter who was particularly fond of scenes with horses.

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