- Joaquim Marques
- a Southern landscape with figures beside a stream
- oil on canvas, in a carved and gilt wood frame
- 99 by 128 cm.; 39 by 50 3/8 in.
From whom acquired by the family of the present owners.
Although originally attributed to Jean Pillement (1728-1808), this is, in fact, a rare but characteristic work by his principal Portugese follower, Joaquim Marques. His biographer Cyrillo Volkmar Machado records in his Memórias that it was during Pillement's second stay in Lisbon between 1780 and 1786 that 'he [Marques] strove to imitate him [Pillement] in his landscapes and in those agreeable capriccios which he called his imaginary garden'. The present work can be directly compared to his River landscape today in the Fundaçao Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva in Lisbon, in which the same reddish tones and figures and foliage directly inspired by Pillement's work can be found.1
1. A. Araújo et al., 'Joaquim Marques. Between landscape, vedute and capriccios', in the exhibition catalogue, Jean Pillement and landscape painting in 18th century Portugal, Lisbon, Fundaçao Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva, 1997, pp. 223 ff., no. 88, reproduced plate 88.