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Pieter Brueghel le Jeune
THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI IN THE SNOW
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 475,500 EUR
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25
Pieter Brueghel le Jeune
THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI IN THE SNOW
Estimate
400,000600,000
LOT SOLD. 475,500 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

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Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Pieter Brueghel le Jeune
ANVERS VERS 1564 - 1636
THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI IN THE SNOW
Oil on an oak panel
Bears on the back the trefoil panel maker's mark and the Antwerp guild mark
36 x 57 cm ; 14 1/4  by 22 1/2  in
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Provenance

Anonymous sale Sotheby's London, 26 April 1950, lot 55 (as Brueghel the Elder) ;
Acquired by William Sabin and Sons, London ;
Collection Huxley, Surrey, 1963 ;
Collection Roger Taverner ;
Collection H.S. de Slowak, Montevideo, 1969 ;
Anonymous sale, Christie's New York, 11 January 1991, lot 74 ;
Anonymous sale, Tajan, Paris, 9 December 1996, lot 12 ;
Acquired there by the present owner

Literature

G. Marlier, Pierre Brueghel le jeune, Brussels, 1969, p. 85, n°22 ;
K. Ertz, Pieter Brueghel der Jungere (1564-1637/38) die Gemälde mit kritischem Œuvrekatalog, Liugen, 2000, t. 1, p. 3113, n°E244 (nach Beuerteilung eines Fotos in der Witt Library zweifeln wir nicht an der Eigenhändigkeit)

Catalogue Note

The painting we present was acquired some twenty years ago by a French collector, a savvy connoisseur of Old Master paintings. Listed since the 1950s, this version of the famous Adoration of the Magi by Pieter Brueghel the Younger was published in the catalogue raisonnée since the first studies on the painter by Georges Marlier in 1969, resumed later by Klaus Ertz (consult Opus quoted above). Its condition, underlying drawing, as well as the beautiful pictorial material are all elements that make our painting a vibrant, engaging work dear to us.
The prototype of this composition, created and executed by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, is now housed at the Oskar Reinhart Foundation in Winterthur, Switzerland. The work on panel, signed and dated 1567 is a work of a great invention and is certainly one of the very first depictions with "under falling snow with big flakes" in art history. It is not certain if Pieter Brueghel the Younger had the opportunity to see his father’s work, but there are thirty-six versions of this composition continued by the "Brueghel Enterprise" justifying the popularity of this interpretation of the Adoration of the Magi (consult The Brueghel Enterprise, Maastricht, Brussels, 2001 - 2002, pp. 149-159). Only three works by the son continue the falling snow motif.
Son of Pieter Brueghel the Elder, a genius painter and immense creator, Pieter Brueghel the Younger quickly realized that the works of his father were timeless and popular throughout Europe. He used his talent as a painter at the service of the efficient and poetic repetition of his compositions by developing a technique of rapid production associating tradition and modernity in order to meet the high demand from collectors of the time. For they were so eager to own a work from the Brueghel universe.The painting we present, Adoration of the Magi, is a brilliant illustration of this.
On the verso of our painting is a dry stamp representing a clover. It is the stamp from the panels manufacturer, Michael Claessens. This is an example of the collaboration of the various trades during the 17th century in Antwerp. On the verso of our picture is also the emblem mark from the Antwerp guild, symbol of the master’s approval with the city artists association.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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