26 January 2001
PIETER BRUEGHEL II (Brussels 1564-1637/8 Antwerp)
The return from the fair
signed 'P.BREUGHEL' (lower right)
oil on panel
16¼ x 23¼ in. (41.2 x 59 cm.)
with Slatter Gallery, 1958.
John Shaw Mackenzie; Christie's, London, 29 March 1974, lot 51.
with Leger Galleries.
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Apollo, May 1958, DXVI, p. 184.
K. Ertz, Pieter Brueghel der Jüngere, Die Gemälde, Lingin, 1998/2000, II, p. 916, no. E1303, illustrated.
The panel is stamped with the brand of the Antwerp Guild of panel makers and the mark of Michel Claessens (1590-1637).
The Return from the Fair was probably an original composition designed by Pieter Brueghel II; Marlier notes that there are no known paintings or etchings by Pieter Brueghel I that would have served as a model (G. Marlier, Pierre Brueghel le Jeune, Brussels, 1969, p. 393). Brueghel I repeated this composition in a number of autograph versions, each with slight differences to the background figures and landscape. The present painting is closest in composition to the two paintings that also feature a broken tree on the right side of the painting (see K. Ertz, op.cit., nos. 1298 and 1300).
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