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Jacob Grimmer
AN ALLEGORY OF SPRING
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80,000120,000
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49
Jacob Grimmer
AN ALLEGORY OF SPRING
Estimate
80,000120,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Jacob Grimmer
ANTWERP 1525/6 - 1590
AN ALLEGORY OF SPRING
signed lower left: GRIMMER FECIT
oil on panel
27.3 x 37 cm.; 10 3/4  x 14 1/2  in.
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Provenance

René Gilbert, Geneva;

By descent until anonymously sold ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 14 December 2000, lot 3, for £179,500;

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

This wonderfully atmospheric spring landscape would no doubt have originally formed part of a set of the Four Seasons. The motifs of figures planting out a kitchen garden enclosure and of families travelling along the roads moving their possessions were typically used by Grimmer to denote this time of year and recur, for example, in the larger panel of 1581 now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Algiers.1 The specific figures of the old woman with the barrow, the family to her right, and the group of the Lord of the Manor greeting two other men all recur in another panel in a private collection.2

Grimmer was one of the first landscape painters to break with the old panoramic 'World landscape' format set by the followers of Joachim Patinir and to concentrate upon a more realistic portrayal of everyday life. It was this same truth to life, so evident in the present work, where he concentrates carefully upon recording the daily or seasonal tasks in a village, that led Vasari to describe him as one of the best landscape painters of his day, and for Karel van Mander to later claim that he knew of no other painter as 'outstandingly skilled in landscapes'.3

1. R. Bertier de Sauvigny, Jacob et Abel Grimmer, Brussels 1991, p. 68, reproduced fig. 13.

2. Bertier de Sauvigny 1991, p. 81, fig. 28.

3. K. van Mander, Schilder-boeck, Haarlem 1603-4, II, fol. 256v.

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