Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
ABRAHAM BLOMMAERT | An imaginary mountainous landscape, with figures, animals, and castle ruins beyond
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
(?) circa 1626 - 1693 Amsterdam
AN IMAGINARY MOUNTAINOUS LANDSCAPE, WITH FIGURES, ANIMALS, AND CASTLE RUINS BEYOND
signed and possibly dated lower centre: A Blommaert / [...]
oil on oak panel
unframed: 30.5 x 40.5 cm.; 12 x 16 in.
framed: 45.7 x 55.7 cm.; 18 x 22 in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface has a slightly discoloured varnish. There are scattered, discoloured retouchings visible in the sky. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals further retouchings along a handful of horizontal surface splits scattered throughout the copmosition, notably: a handful in the sky centre right, the two longest measuring 10 cm. each; and across the castle upper centre approx. 12 cm. long. There are also retouchings along all four margins, and small spots scattered throughout. None of these impeded the legibility of the image, which is ready to hang.
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With S. Nystad, The Hague, by 1952;
From whom acquired by F.C. Butôt, Amsterdam, 1954;
From whom acquired in 1978.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Nederlandse landschappen uit de zeventiende eeuw, July - August 1963, no. 11;
Salzburg, Museumspavillon im Mirabellgarten; Münster, Landesmuseum; Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Hollandse en vlaamse kunst uit de 17e eeuw: hoogtepunten van minder bekende meesters/schilderijen en tekeningen uit de verzameling F. C. Butôt, 12 July 1972 – 1 April 1973 (as Adriaen Bloemaert);
Salzburg, Residenzgalerie, 1974-78;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 95.
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A. Blankert, Museum Bredius: catalogus van de schilderijen en tekeningen, The Hague 1978, p. 30 (as Adriaan Bloemaert);
A. Blankert, Museum Bredius: catalogus van de schilderijen en tekeningen, The Hague 1991, p. 49, under cat. no. 14 (as Adriaan Bloemaert);
M.J. Bok and M. Roethlisberger, 'Not Adriaen Bloemaert but Abraham Blommaert (of Middleburg), Landscape Painter', in Oud Holland, vol. 110, 1996, p. 22, cat. no. 20, reproduced;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 40-43, cat. no. 4, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 98, cat. no. 95, reproduced in colour.
A landscape painter active largely in Middleburg during the mid to late 17th century, Abraham Blommaert is not to be confused with Adriaen Bloemaert, an artist active in Utrecht (1609–1666) who was the son of similarly named Abraham Bloemaert. Around 65 works are known by Blommaert, many of which are comparable in style, handling, and subject to the present landscape. A related example that shares a similar detail of illuminated branches set against a darkened background is found today at the Museum Bredius in the Hague.1