Petrus van Schendel (Dutch, 1806-1870)
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Petrus van Schendel (Dutch, 1806-1870)

The apple seller

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Petrus van Schendel (Dutch, 1806-1870)
The apple seller
signed 'P. van Schendel' (lower right); signed, dated and inscribed 'Ce tableau représentant une marchande de fruits est peint par moi 1865, et reconnu original P. van Schendel Bruxelles, 11 Septembre 1865.' on an old label on the reverse
oil on panel
20¾ x 167/8 in. (52.7 x 42.8 cm.)
Painted in 1865
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Lot Essay

Born near Breda in 1806, Petrus van Schendel studied in Antwerp under van Bree. Later he moved to Holland, living in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, before finally settling in Brussels in 1845. Van Schendel devoted himself at first to portraits and historical subjects before specialising in the market scenes that characterise his successful career. These night time scenes, influenced largely by 17th century Dutch painting, depict market stalls offering game, flowers or indeed, fruit and vegetables. In the tradition of Gerrit Dou, van Schendel's interest lies in light, and in the present work he augments the soft light of the hidden moon with the warmth of several candles placed at various points around the composition. With a delicacy that betrays his concern for intricate detail, van Schendel exquisitely renders the effect of his light sources on the carefully observed people, objects and architecture of his composition.
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