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THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne
A FIGHT BETWEEN BEGGARS
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
129

THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTOR

Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne
A FIGHT BETWEEN BEGGARS
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 118,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne
DELFT 1589 - 1662 THE HAGUE
A FIGHT BETWEEN BEGGARS
inscribed lower left: MIJD LIJDEN (avoid suffering)
oil on oak panel
50 x 68.9 cm.; 19 3/4  x 27 1/8  in.
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Provenance

Anonymous sale ('Collection Privée Parisienne'), Paris, Christie's, 26 June 2008, lot 21.

Catalogue Note

Likely to date to the second half of the 1630s, this brunaille by Adriaen van de Venne belongs to a series of satirical representations of marginalised, low-life figures accompanied by moralising inscriptions, which constitute a large proportion of Van de Venne’s artistic output. Here, beneath the jumble of limbs and rags is the inscription in gothic lettering: Mijd Lijden, a variant of the saying Mijdt Lijdt, meaning ‘avoid suffering’.
Adriaen van de Venne was born in Delft, his parents having fled from the Southern Netherlands to avoid religious persecution. He was a painter, poet and illustrator, his drawings often accompanied the writings of other moralising poets such as Jacob Cats and Johan de Brune. He is thought to have learnt the grisaille technique from his master Hieronymus van Diest (an obscure artist – not the later marine painter).

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