Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
GILLIS PEETERS THE ELDER
Antwerp 1612 - 1653
SHEPHERDS AND THEIR FLOCK BY BUILDINGS, IN A SOUTHERN LANDSCAPE
signed lower centre: G. Peetes fec 1636.
oil on canvas
unframed: 63.8 x 112.4 cm.; 25⅛x 44¼ in.
framed: 83 x 130.7 cm.; 32⅝ x 51½ in.
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The canvas has a firm relining. The paint surface is clean and the varnish clear and even. Inspection under ultra violet light reveals fine lines of retouching throughout the sky to disguise the appearance of craquelure- notably to a diagonal line upper left 15 cm - and to a horizontal line in the centre measuring 7 cm. Other small retouchings are scattered in the landscape but these areas remain largely untouched save for the foremost mountains in the centre which have a more concentrated area of retouching. In fair overall condition with the bright palette well preserved.
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With Galerie Kurt J. Müllenmeister, Solingen, by 1968;
Private collection, Germany, whence acquired.
's-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Panorama op de wereld: het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, 17 March – 10 June 2001, no. 99;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 17.
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K.J. Müllenmeister, Meer und Land im Licht des 17 Jahrunderts, Bremen 1981, p. 19, cat. no. 295, reproduced;
Y. Thiery, Les Peintres Flamands de Paysage aux XVIIe siècle. Des précurseurs à Rubens, Brussels 1986, pp. 64 and 249, cat. no. 21;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 210–11, cat. no. 53, reproduced in colour; W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M.J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 44, cat. no. 17, reproduced in colour.
A member of a Flemish family of marine and landscape painters, Gillis became a master of the Antwerp guild of St Luke in 1634 along with his brother Bonaventura, with whom he is known to have shared a studio in Antwerp. His œuvre consists chiefly of landscapes, many of which reveal a debt to the work of Paul Bril, although he is perhaps best known for a small group of works depicting the coastline of Brazil, where he is believed to have travelled in around 1637.