Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
WORKSHOP OF JOOS DE MOMPER
Antwerp 1564 - 1635
LANDSCAPE WITH GYPSIES IN A CAVE
oil on oak panel, the reverse with the brand of the City of Antwerp panel makers' guild
unframed: 47 x 67.5 cm.; 18½ x 26⅝ in.
framed: 61.5 x 81.5 cm.; 24¼ x 32 in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean, the varnish clear and even and the bright colours are well preserved. There is a stabilised patch of old lifting in the paint surface at the upper right hand corner. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the opaque varnish beneath which it is difficult to discern early restoration - there are some retouchings visible in the sky and a spot retouching in the rocks lower left The panel otherwise appears to be in good condition.
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In possession of the French state, after 1945, and recorded in the Louvre archive with a note 'recovered from Germany';
In the present collection since the 1970s.
Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, on loan, 1977-85;
's-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, 17 March - 10 June 2001, no. 62;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 52.
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K. Ertz, Josse de Momper der Jüngere (1564–1635). Die Gemälde mit kritischem Œuvrekatalog, Freren 1986, p. 653, cat. no. A207, reproduced (under Rejected Attributions);
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 172-75, cat. no. 41, reproduced in colour (as Joos de Momper and Jan Brueghel the Elder);
P.H. Janssen et al, Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, exh. cat., Zwolle 2001, pp. 156-58, cat. no. 62, reproduced (as Joos de Momper and Jan Brueghel the Elder);
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al, At Home in the Golden Age, exhib. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 71, cat. no. 52, reproduced in colour.
This work relates to another composition by erstwhile collaborators Joos de Momper and Jan Brueghel the Elder, datable to between 1600 and 1610, which last appeared on the market at Christie's, London, 19 December 1930.1
1 See Ertz 1986, p. 594, cat. no. 471, reproduced p. 593.