Property from a Private Collection
CIRCLE OF ADRIAEN BROUWER
FOUR YOUNG CHILDREN PLAYING A GAME IN A LANDSCAPE
oil on oak panel
13⅞ by 19⅝ in.; 35 by 50 cm.
The panel is stable, uncradled, and beveled on the top and left edges. From the recto, the panel has a very slight convex warp. The paint surface is stable and well preserved; a painterly landscape and genre image reads well with individual brushstrokes visible. No losses or repairs are visible to the naked eye. Under UV inspection, very small lines of retouching are visible along the top and bottom edges to address frame abrasion, as well as one small spot in the girl at left’s yellow dress. No other retouching is visible on the figures or landscape. The panting is in overall very good condition and can hang as is. Offered in a simple black stained wood frame.
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Right Hon. Henry Labouchere, Lord Taunton (1798 - 1869), Stoke Park, Over Stowey, later Quantock Lodge, Bridgewater, Somerset;
A. Jansen, Amsterdam, circa 1924;
With J. Goudstikker, Amsterdam;
Collection of Catalina von Pannwitz, Berlin and Amsterdam;
Thence by descent until sold ('Property of the Aurora Trust'), New York, Sotheby's, 26 January 2012, lot 39 (as Adriaen Brouwer and Joos van Craesbeeck, for $122,500);
Sold London, Sotheby's, 4 July 2013, lot 190 (as Circle of Adriaen Brouwer);
W. Bode, Adriaen Brouwer: sein leben und seine werke, Berlin 1924, p. 128, reproduced no. 89 (as by Brouwer with figures possible by Craesbeeck);
M.J. Friedlander, Die Kunstsammlung von Pannwitz, Munich 1926, vol. I, pp. X, 7, no. 32, reproduced pl. XXIII (as by Brouwer);
A.L.M., "Die Sammlung von Pannwitz," in Pantheon, I, May 1928, p. 260, reproduced p. 258 (as by Brouwer);
F. Winker, Pantheon, vol. XVII, May 1936, p. 164 (as by Craesbeeck);
G. Bohmer, Der Landschafter Adriaen Brouwer, Munich 1940, pp. 106-07, cat. no. 38, reproduced pl. 38 (as by Brouwer with figures possible by Craesbeeck);
H. Gerson and E.H. Ter Kuile, Art and Architecture in Belgium 1600 to 1800, Baltimore 1960, pp. 147, 194, note 12 (as figures by Craesbeeck and landscape by Brouwer);
G. Knuttel, Adriaen Brouwer: The Master and his Work, The Hague 1962, pp. 159-162, 192 (as ascribed to Brouwer);
K. de Clippel, Joos van Craesbeeck, Turnhout 2006, pp. 335-6, cat. no. D125 (as wrongly attributed to Craesbeeck).
Adriaen Brouwer died at the young age of 32 or 33 and left behind very few signed paintings, in addition to garnering many imitators. This has made his oeuvre difficult to define, and the present panel is no exception. Previously attributed to Brouwer, his contemporary Joos van Craesbeeck, or described as a collaboration between both artists, the genre scene was likely painted by an artist working close to Brouwer, who used the same color palette and painterly execution of Brouwer's late landscapes.