Lot 154
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WILLEM SCHELLINKS | A winter landscape with travellers and figures gathering logs on a frozen river near a village

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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Description

  • Willem Schellinks
  • A winter landscape with travellers and figures gathering logs on a frozen river near a village
  • oil on oak panel
  • 27 x 21.3 cm.; 10 5/8  x 8 3/8  in.

Provenance

Private collection, The Netherlands;
With Klaus Edel, Cologne, 1990, from whom acquired.

Literature

U. Bendix, in E. Mai (ed.), Das Kabinett des Sammlers. Gemälde vom XV. bis XVII. Jahrhundert, Cologne 1993, pp. 233–35, cat. no. 93, reproduced.

Condition

The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The surface is relatively clean and the varnish is discoloured. There is minor frame abrasion along all four margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals very fine, sensitively-executed scattered retouchings throughout, including to a faint vertical surface scratch, approx. 10cm. long, extending from the lower margin, a quarter of the way from the left. There is also some strengthening to the tree trunks, centre and centre right, and possibly in the dark coat of one of the figures, lower centre. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Catalogue Note

Diaries and numerous drawings record the extensive travels of the Amsterdam poet and painter Willem Schellinks: in 1646 with Lambert Doomer through France, and from 1661 to 1665 through France, England, Italy, Malta and Germany. In Italy he was admitted to the Schildersbent where he acquired from his fellow Bentvueghels the nickname 'Spits', an allusion to his quick wit and initiative. He was a versatile artist, possibly the only Dutch artist to have painted Italianate subjects both before and after a visit to the South. The influence of several Italianisti is palpable in his work: Dujardin and Berchem among them, although his paintings show most affinity with Jan Asselijn, who also influenced him in the painting of winter landscapes. The present jewel-like winter scene however is reminiscent of Philips Wouwerman, especially in the depiction of the sky (indeed, an old French inscription on the reverse of the panel reads 'Philippe Wouwerman'). The hill rising beyond the village is in reality most likely a dune.