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Jan Siberechts (Antwerp 1627-c. 1703 London)
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Jan Siberechts (Antwerp 1627-c. 1703 London)

A wooded landscape with peasants in a horse-drawn cart travelling down a flooded road

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Jan Siberechts (Antwerp 1627-c. 1703 London)
A wooded landscape with peasants in a horse-drawn cart travelling down a flooded road
indistincly signed and dated 'J. Si..rechts 16..' (lower left)
oil on canvas
111.6 x 158.5 cm.
Provenance
with J. Boehler, Munich, 1928.
Wigger, Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
with Dr. F. Rothmann, Berlin, 1932.
Bratten, Stockholm.
Anonymous sale; Lempertz, Cologne, 21-23 May 1981, lot 137.
Since the mid 1980s in the collection of the present owner.
Literature
T.H. Fokker, Jan Siberechts, Brussels, 1931, p. 93, as signed and dated 1668 and possibly a workshop copy on the basis of photographs.
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Lot Essay

The present lot is accompanied by a certificate from Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, dated July 1928, stating the authenticity of the work.

The works from Jan Siberechts' Antwerp period, like this work, are generally concidered his best pictures. He developed his individual style depicting female figures dressed in simple clothing in cool green landscapes around 1660. Before that time his dated works were inspired by the Dutch Italianate landscape painters. Figures with cattle fording a stream or travelling on a flooded track, as seen here, are recurring themes during his later period in Flanders. One still encounters them after he moved to England in 1673, where he was mostly employed as a topographical painter decorating many country houses. The horse-drawn cart moving to the reft in the foreground can often be seen in compositions dating to the Flemish period, for instance see Sibrecht's work in the National Gallery, London (see Y. Thiery, Les Peintres Flamands de Paysage au XVIIe siècle, Brussels, 1987, p. 95).

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