• Old Master and 19th Century Ar auction at Christies

    Sale 2829

    Old Master and 19th Century Art

    13 October 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 36

    Joos de Momper II (Antwerp 1564-1635) and Sebastian Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)

    An extensive mountainous river landscape with figures conversing on a track, a village beyond

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    Joos de Momper II (Antwerp 1564-1635) and Sebastian Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)
    An extensive mountainous river landscape with figures conversing on a track, a village beyond
    oil on panel
    73.8 x 103.6 cm.


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    Joos de Momper was one of the most popular and important landscape painters in The Netherlands of the first quarter of the 17th Century. He received his initial training from his father, who registered his son as early as 1581 as a master in the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke, of which he himself was the Dean at the time. De Momper's pictures were already greatly valued during his lifetime; they were first mentioned in inventories from the early years of the 17th Century and he was praised by Van Mander as early as 1604. His mountain landscapes were often depicted in contemporary cabinet pictures by Frans Francken II, Willem van Haecht and David Teniers II.

    Klaus Ertz believes the present picture to be an early work by De Momper; he dates it prior to 1600 (see Ertz, op. cit., p. 466). De Momper collaborated several times with Sebastian Vrancx, who painted the staffage for this composition, and a note confirming the collaboration of Vrancx and De Momper is recorded in Joos de Momper's inventory, dated 21 January 1623 (see Ertz, op. cit., p. 51).

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    Provenance

    Private collection, Ghent.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 2 December 1977, lot 100.
    Anonymous sale; Paul Brandt, Amsterdam, 30 May 1978, lot 7.


    Literature

    S. Bergmans, La Peinture Ancienne, Brussels, 1952, plate 46.
    K. Ertz, Joos de Momper der Jüngere, Freren, 1986, p. 466, no. 35, illustrated p. 467.