Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
SYBRANDT VAN BEEST
The Hague ca. 1610 - 1674 Amsterdam
A VEGETABLE MARKET
indistinctly signed and dated lower right: S...t 1652
oil on oak panel
unframed: 40 x 62 cm.; 24½ x 15¾ in.
framed: 53.3 x 75.5 cm.; 21 x 29¾ in.
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The panel is cradled with three vertical supportive battens adhered to the reverse, with horizontal blocks on either side. These appear to have been added as a cause of some movement between joins in the panel, which is in three equal sections. The paint surface itself is clean, secure and stable, with a clear and even varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals lines of retouchings along the aforementioned joins; retouching along the upper margin; some small patches of restoration throughout the sky; and other, scattered, more cosmetic retouchings throughout. In overall fair condition.
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Sale, Munich, Helbing, 1903, lot 1 (according to Raupp, see Literature);
Anonymous sale, Munich, Neumeister, 20–21 March 1996, lot 482 (as Hendrik Martensz. Sorgh);
Anonymous sale, Munich, Neumeister, 25 September 1996, lot 456 (as Hendrik Martensz. Sorgh);
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 6 May 1997, lot 17 (as dated 1632), when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 9.
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H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 50–53, 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. 39, cat. no. 9, reproduced in colour.
Sybrandt van Beest painted several works based on the theme of the fruit and vegetable market, often set in recognisable, specific locations in the artist’s native city, The Hague, where he spent almost all his active life. The over-sized vegetables in the foreground of this painting look particularly award-winning, and are characteristically painted more thickly than the rather more thinly- and delicately-rendered brickwork and sky in the background.
Van Beest was influenced by one of the great masters of Dutch landscape, Jan van Goyen, and his figures bear similarity to those of Isaac van Ostade, but the tradition that he appears to be following most closely here is that of late-16th century Flemish paintings of markets, most commonly associated with representations of the seasons. Van Beest’s relatively small known œuvre suggests that painting may not have been his only profession.