The present painting depicts Nieuwpoort as an old Flemish town on a sunny June day (between 23rd and 26th) when Saint-Jeans fair is celebrated. The fair is a tradition that goes back to 1495, when Maximilian of Austria gave the authorization to the city to organize the fair in recognition of their brave resistance to the French, the inhabitants of Bruges and Ghent in 1489, on the marketplace with a merry-go-round and other stands.
The present lot is a splendid example of the artist’s more luminist and colorist style developed in the Low Countries.
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