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ID number:  BIRBI-40.11
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)
Title / Object name:  A Landscape in Flanders
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Mechelen, near Antwerp
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  1635/40
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  89.8 x 133.8 cm
Provenance:  Francis Edwards; Foster's, 13 February 1867 (lot 16), purchased by Pollantine for 5 guineas (as after Rubens); George H. Phillips sale, Brussels, 23 April 1868 (lot 72), purchased by Bradbee; W. Fuller Maitland sale, Christie's, London, 10 May 1879 (lot 94), purchased by Daniel for 800 guineas; Pendeli Ralli from 1888 until 1939; Purchased from Martin B. Asscher in 1940 for £10,000.

This slightly elevated view shows the countryside around Het Steen, the castle that Rubens bought in 1635. Here he painted landscapes for his own pleasure, away from the demands of wealthy and powerful patrons. In this case, he painted over a figure subject which shows through to the right by the shepherd.

The artist did not go in search of a landscape full of picturesque incident. The flat local countryside enlivened with effects of light and atmosphere is enough to create a dynamic image. A shower has passed by and the sun breaks though the wind-swept cloud, casting a multitude of lights and shades below.

Notes:  Exhibitions: 'Art Treasures of Great Britain', Manchester, 1857, no. 577; 'Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters', Royal Academy, London, 1875, no. 106; Whitechapel, St Jude's, London, 1888, no. 202; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1901, no. 262; 'Flemish Old Masters', Milton Galleries, London, 1944, no. 14; 'Making and meaning: Rubens's landscapes', National Gallery, London, 1996, no. 46

1 Related People

Rubens, Peter Paul

1 Related Publications

Corpus Rubenianum XVIII: Landscapes I
Adler, W.

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