Adriaen van Stalbemt

1580 - Antwerp - 1662

A Family in a Landscape with a Village beyond

Oil on panel, 17¼ x 33½ ins. (44 x 85 cm)

CS0381

Provenance

Anonymous sale, Orléans (Maître Binoche – Maredsous), 28th May, 1994
Private Collection, France
Anon. sale, Sotheby’s, London, 18 November 1999, lot 12 (according to the RKD)
Anon. sale, Piasa, Paris, 28 June 2000, lot 12
With Johnny Van Haeften, London, 2000
Private collection, Guernsey, 2000-2021


Literature

K. Ertz and C. Nitze-Ertz, Adriaen van Stalbemt 1580-1662, Lingen, 2018, p. 176, cat. 51, illustrated in colour, p. 73, pl. 68.


Essay

Stalbemt was a wonderfully versatile landscape painter of consistently high quality. His buildings, with their wooden facades and very tall roofs are instantly recognisable and are often highlighted which makes identification even easier.  He had a long career, but his paintings are not plentiful, and he has always been greatly admired and sought after.  The little family group going for a stroll in this painting may well have commissioned it, with the children in the foreground in their elegant costumes being the focal point.