Lot 131
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JAN BRUEGHEL THE YOUNGER | Townsfolk with cattle and a cart on a road by a farm

70,000 - 90,000 USD
162,500 USD
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  • Townsfolk with cattle and a cart on a road by a farm
  • oil on panel


Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Gentleman"), London, Sotheby's, 21 April 1982, lot 62;
There purchased by the father of the present collector. 

Catalogue Note

Jan Brueghel the Younger took over the studio of his father, Jan Brueghel the Elder, following his sudden death from cholera in 1625.1  Jan the Younger had trained in his father’s workshop from the age of 10 and, as was customary for many Northern painters, spent several years studying and traveling in Italy.  Upon his return to Antwerp, at age 24, he inherited a large and thriving practice.  We know from his journal that he was immediately successful in his new role, selling paintings left by his father, completing half-finished works, and painting new works in his father’s style. This is a bright and altogether striking example of the exquisitely detailed landscape type perfected by his father and which Jan the Younger continued to produce with great skill.  Here the lightly wooded town path is punctuated by a procession of cattle and a horse drawn cart which stops for loading at the near right corner of the composition. The staffage carefully follows the diagonally receding path towards the distance, the entire composition illuminated by an even, cool light.