Isaac van Oosten
- Isaac van Oosten
- God Creating the Animals of the World
- oil on copper
- 30 1/8 by 39 in.; 76.6 by 99.1 cm.
Purchased by the grandfather of the present owner in the 1950s.
In both composition and handling, the present work is a fine and representative example of the style of Antwerp painter Isaac van Oosten. Similar to other works by the artist, it is painted on a large-scale copper plate, the preferred choice of support for works of this type. Much of van Oosten's best work, among which this must certainly rank, resembles the late work of Jan Brueghel the Younger (Antwerp 1601-1678). This is apparent most visibly in the beautifully rendered horse in the left foreground.
The figure of God in the foreground appears to be by a specialist figure painter, probably Willem van Herp (Antwerp 1614-1677), who is believed to have collaborated with van Oosten on numerous compositions. Two such examples, also depicting Old Testament scenes, were sold, London, Sotheby's, 6 July 2006, lots 102-3, for £48,000 and £60,000, respectively. Another version of this particular composition was sold New York, Sotheby's, 10 October 1991, lot 75, for $71,500 (as Attributed to Jan van Kessel, the Elder).