Lot 51
  • 51

Joos de Momper, Jan Breughel the Younger

200,000 - 300,000 USD
250,000 USD
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  • Joos de Momper
  • Mountain landscape with woodcutters
  • oil on panel
  • 24 7/8  by 44 1/4  in.; 63.2 by 112.4 cm.


Mme. C. Tiranti, Paris;
By whom sold, London, Sotheby's, 12 July 1978, lot 11;
With Brod Gallery, London, 1979.


K. Ertz, Josse de Momper der Jüngere, Freren 1986, p. 508, cat. 153, reproduced p. 507, fig. 153 (as datable to the early 1620s; with collaboration of Jan Brueghel the Younger).

Catalogue Note

Joos de Momper was famed for his depiction of mountain landscapes, drawing on the tradition of the panoramic “world landscapes” developed by such earlier painters as Joachim Patinir and Herri Met de Bles. He was so closely associated with this type of landscape that he was given the moniker “pictor montium” (painter of mountains) on his portrait in the Iconography, a series of portrait prints based on designs by Anthony van Dyck.

This beautiful example has been dated by Klaus Ertz (see Literature) to De Momper’s mature period, in the early 1620s.  From an elevated viewpoint, the earth tones and greens of the foreground give way to an ethereal blue as the landscape recedes into the distance.  This work is a collaboration with Jan Brueghel  the Younger who painted the foreground figures.  This type of collaboration between two artists was common in Flemish painting of the period.  De Momper had long worked with Jan’s father, Jan Brueghel the Elder, with whom he co-produced over 200 paintings.1  When his father died suddenly in 1625, Jan the Younger took over direction of the studio and continued working with De Momper, painting in a style heavily influenced by his father’s.  Here the figures populate the right foreground, where they go about the mundane task of chopping wood, and provide a realistic element to the otherwise fantastical landscape.

1.  See K. Ertz and C. Nitze-Ertz, Jan Brueghel der Ältere (1568-1625), Kritischer Katalog de Gemälde, Lingen 2008-10, vol. IV, p. 1378.