15 July 2010
Jan Frans van Bloemen (Antwerp 1662-1749 Rome)
A wooded river landscape with classical figures and a fortified town in the distance; and A wooded landscape with figures by a stream
oil on copper
9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) diameter
a pair (2)
Madame Sampayo, Paris; (+), Henri Girard, Vendôme, 11 July 1912, lot 90, as 'deux petits paysages, sur cuivre'.
Mario Veneziani, Rome.
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A. Busiri Vici, Jan Frans van Bloemen, 'Orizzonte', Rome, 1974, nos. 101-2.
Considered to be a great artist by his contemporaries, Orizzonte produced some of the finest classical landscape paintings in Rome during the first half of the 18th century. These very rare and intimate imaginary views of the campagna romana on copper have been described by Busiri Vici as painted in the 'più puro stile impressionistico del van Bloemen'. He praised them for their 'alta qualità pittorica' (op. cit.).
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