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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 122

    Attributed to Théobald Michau (Doornik 1676-1765 Antwerp)

    A village landscape with figures and livestock outside a tavern, a windmill beyond; A village landscape with peasants and their livestock, a play beyond

    Price Realised  

    Attributed to Théobald Michau (Doornik 1676-1765 Antwerp)
    A village landscape with figures and livestock outside a tavern, a windmill beyond; A village landscape with peasants and their livestock, a play beyond
    the second with signature 'jBreughel....' (lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    16½ x 23 in. (42 x 58.5 cm.)
    a pair (2)


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    Michau was a precocious artistic talent, and at the age of nine, sudied in Brussels under the landscape artist Lucas Achschellinck (1626-1699). He later moved to Antwerp, where he would remain until his death, and was elected to the Guild of St. Luke in 1710. Michau established a successful studio; his works were collected by contemporary connoisseurs such as Charles IV of Lorraine. Michau's keen interest in the portrayal of village life in his paintings showed an indebtedness to, and indeed a continuation of, the tradition of landscape painting begun by Jan Breughel the Elder.

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