HENRI VOORDECKER | A BOY AND A GIRL WITH THEIR PIGEONS IN A LOFT
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Brussels 1779 - 1861
A BOY AND A GIRL WITH THEIR PIGEONS IN A LOFT
signed and dated lower right: H Voordecker Brux 1833
oil on panel
unframed: 63 x 82.5 cm.; 24¾ x 32½ in.
framed: 78 x 97.5 cm.; 30¾ x 38⅜ in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean with a shiny varnish. In raking light it is just possible to discern two horizontal joins at equal intervals running the length of the panel, each with fine, associated retouching. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and reveals very little other intervention, save for some small retouchings in the upper corners and centre of the upper margin, as well as some smaller areas scattered along the very edge of the other margins. The painting is in overall good condition without any need for further intervention.
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Private collection, France;
Anonymous sale, Paris, Sotheby's, 26 June 2014, lot 69, where acquired.
"I love the quiet atmosphere of this panel, suffused with warm light and a real sense of tranquility. It captures an ordinary - even mundane - scene, which simultaneously recalls the spirit of Dutch Golden Age painting and transcends its own time to feel just as current today."
Henri Voordecker was a Belgian artist known for his genre scenes of birds, pigeons in particular. In his late career, he was considered one of the most remarkable painters in Brussels, enjoying great success in Britain as well. A romanticist in style, Voordecker’s art earned affection from a number of wealthy clients, including King William I.