11 December 2002
Follower of Jan Brueghel I
A village landscape with wagons on a track by a river, an elegant family in the foreground, a peasant watering his horse at a pond beyond
with signature and date 'J BRVEGHEL./160(3?).' (lower left)
oil on panel
20½ x 32½ in. (52.1 x 82.6 cm.)
with Galerie Gans, The Hague, 1951.
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K. Ertz, Jan Brueghel der Ältere, Cologne, 1979, p. 224, pl. 287, as 'Nachfolger Jan Brueghel d. Ä.'.
The present composition is inspired ultimately by Jan Brueghel I's Fish Market by a River in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn. Ertz (loc. cit.) described the author as a talented follower ('ein begabter Nachfolger') of the master, who remains as yet unidentified. He regards all other versions of the composition as deriving from the present picture.
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