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PROPERTY FROM THE NEIL AND GINA SMITH COLLECTION

Gysbrecht Leytens
A WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES GATHERING FAGGOTS
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153

PROPERTY FROM THE NEIL AND GINA SMITH COLLECTION

Gysbrecht Leytens
A WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES GATHERING FAGGOTS
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Gysbrecht Leytens
ANTWERP 1586 - BEFORE 1656
A WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES GATHERING FAGGOTS
oil on oak panel, the reverse branded with the coat-of-arms of the City of Antwerp and the panel maker's mark of Lambrecht Steens (fl. 1608–c.1632)
36.3 x 55.6 cm.; 14 1/4  x 21 7/8  in.
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Provenance

P.F.J.J. Reelick, Blaricum and The Hague;
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 7 May 1997, lot 52, where acquired.

Literature

P.F.J.J. Reelick, 'Bijdrage tot Identificatie van de Meester der Winterlandschappen (G. Leytens?)', Oud Holland, vol. LIX, 1942, pp. 75 and 78, reproduced p. 77, figs 5 and 6;
E. Greindl, 'Contribution à la connaissance du style de Gysbrecht Leytens', Pantheon, July–September 1973, vol. 31, no. 3, p. 262, cat. no. 3.

Catalogue Note

Gysbrecht Leytens was first mooted as the possible name for the artist until then known as the Master of the Winter Landscapes, by P.F.J.J. Reelick, who once owned this very painting.1 Leytens' identity was confirmed by a fully signed work that was published by Ursula Härting in 1988,2 and the artist was thus proved to have executed a considerable number of winter landscapes, distinguished by trees with knotty trunks and masses of vein-like branches, misty atmospheres, and a partiality for the subject of figures chopping wood, as here.

1 In his 1942 article (see Literature), Reelick mistakenly took the branded, intertwined initials of the panelmaker Lambrecht Steens on the back of this work to read 'GL.'
2 U. Härting, 'Der Meister der Winterlandschaften, der Maler Gysbrecht Leytens', Die Kunst, 1988, I, p. 27.

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