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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gillis Mostaert
Hulst circa 1528 - 1598 Antwerp
and

Jacob Grimmer
Antwerp 1525/6 - 1589/60

LANDSCAPE WITH ARCHERS GATHERING AT THE TOP OF A HILL FOR AN ARCHERY COMPETITION
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 GBP
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119

PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gillis Mostaert
Hulst circa 1528 - 1598 Antwerp
and

Jacob Grimmer
Antwerp 1525/6 - 1589/60

LANDSCAPE WITH ARCHERS GATHERING AT THE TOP OF A HILL FOR AN ARCHERY COMPETITION
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Gillis Mostaert
Hulst circa 1528 - 1598 Antwerp
and

Jacob Grimmer
Antwerp 1525/6 - 1589/60

LANDSCAPE WITH ARCHERS GATHERING AT THE TOP OF A HILL FOR AN ARCHERY COMPETITION
signed and dated lower right: GM. MOSTAERT [...]74 (GM in ligature)
oil on canvas
82 x 111 cm.; 32 1/4  x 43 5/8  in.
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Provenance

Baron L. de Béthune, Aelst;
His posthumous sale, Ghent, Tavernier, 17 March 1941, lot 107, for 34,500 Belgian Francs;
With Kurt Müllenmeister, Solingen, 1977–83;
Acquired by the late husband of the present owner by 1991.

Exhibited

Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Von Breughel bis Rubens, 4 September – 22 November 1992, no. 456;
Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Preussische Kulturbesitz, on loan.

Literature

E. Mai, 'Neuzugänge am Wallraf-Richartz-Museum', in Museen der Stadt Köln, no. 6, 1984, pp. 77–81;
E. Mai, 'Köln, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum', in Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, no. 45, 1984, pp. 362–65, reproduced fig. 1;
R. de Bertier de Sauvigny, Jacob et Abel Grimmer, Brussels 1991, p. 61, cat. no. XVI, reproduced p. 65, fig. 7;
K. Michiels, Een bijdrage tot de studie van de schilderijen van Gillis Mostaert (1528–1598), doctoral diss., Brussels 1997–98, cat. no. 28;
K. Michiels, in E. Mai (ed.), Gillis Mostaert (1528–1598). Ein Antwerpener Maler zur Zeit der Bruegel-Dynastie, Wolfratshausen 2005, pp. 57–58 and 143, cat. no. 28, reproduced p. 59, fig. 10.

Catalogue Note

The subject of this picture has proved elusive. The structure of the landscape reminds one strongly of a Calvary, and indeed it is possible that it was started with this intention, but as realised the subject seems entirely secular. Possibly the soldiery are ascending the hill with their bows for an archery contest, perhaps to shoot at a popinjay affixed to the pole at its summit.

Following Reine de Bertier de Sauvigny, who first published this picture, Kristof Michiels has suggested that Mostaert painted a number of collaborative works with Jacob Grimmer, in which the latter artist supplied the landscape.1 Most of these, when signed, are only signed by Mostaert, either in full or in monogram, but a landscape in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, is signed by both artists, and precisely dated (by Grimmer) 16 August 1583.2 Furthermore, several 17th-century inventories, including that of Arnold Lunden in 1643–44, record works, usually merely as landscapes, painted by both artists.Michiels suggests that in this picture the structure of the landscape and the form of the trees speak for Grimmer's authorship.4  

This and the Mostaert in the Evening sale were consecutive lots in the Baron de Béthune sale.

1 Michiels 2005, p. 55.
2 Inv. no. 5652; see Bertier de Sauvigny 1991, p. 70, cat. no. XXVII, reproduced p. 71, fig. 16.
3 Michiels 2005p. 55, note 69.
4 Michiels 2005, pp. 57–58.

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