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    Sale 2788

    Old Master Pictures

    6 May 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 81

    Joos de Momper II (Antwerp 1564-1635)

    A rocky landscape with travellers on a path and crossing a bridge by a waterfall

    Price Realised  

    Joos de Momper II (Antwerp 1564-1635)
    A rocky landscape with travellers on a path and crossing a bridge by a waterfall
    oil on panel
    59.8 x 89.6 cm.
    stamped with the coat-of-arms of the city of Antwerp on the reverse


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    This rediscovered painting is a fine example of De Momper's fame as a painter of panoramic views of mountainous landscapes. This type of landscapes earned him the sobriquet pictor montium inscribed beneath his portrait in Van Dyck's Iconography. His panoramic views follow the conventional colour scheme of late Mannerist landscape painting, with tones of brown used for the foreground, green for the middle ground and blue for the background. The artist's technique, clearly evident in this well-preserved work, is characterized by rapid, flowing brushstrokes that sharply define the contours of the foreground. Also typical are the tiny dots of impasto used to create the aerial perspective in the background and the modelling of the middle ground.

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    Provenance

    For at least 60 years in the possession of the family of the present owner.