Lot 20
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Petrus van Schendel

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
128,500 GBP
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  • Petrus Van Schendel
  • A Market at Dusk
  • signed P van Schendel lower right
  • oil on panel


The grandparents of the present owner (by 1924); thence by descent

Catalogue Note

Petrus van Schendel studied at the Academy of Antwerp under the tutelage of Jan van Bree. Blending the romantic with the neo-classical, he specialised in nocturnal Dutch market scenes where he explored the subtle and theatrical effects of candle and lamplight on the human face and body. Van Schendel was clearly influenced by seventeenth century northern masters of light, collectively known as Utrecht Caravaggisti and who included Gerrit van Honthorst (1592-1656), Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629) and Dirck van Baburen (1594/5-1624), but no doubt also by the chiaroscuro techniques of the eighteenth-century English painter Joseph Wright of Derby (fig. 1).