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Jan Frans Van Bloemen (1662-1749), Follower of - Paesaggio con figure

(Antwerp, 1662 – Rome, 1749)
Landscape with Figures
Oil on canvas, cm. 33x43
Size with frame, cm. 48 x 61 x 6 approx.

NOTES: Publication of the catalog of works from the Intermidiart collection. Certificate of Guarantee and Lawful Origin. Ancient frame (?) in worked and gilded wood (Defects):

Splendid ancient painting, oil on canvas, depicting a landscape with figures. The painting analyzed here is characterized by the coexistence of Nordic influences and characteristic peculiarities of the Italian school. The particular refinement and chromatic elegance bring the canvas closer - with due caution - to the hand of a talented artist who evokes the style of Jan Frans Van Bloemen (Antwerp, 1662 - Rome, 1749). The canvas, in fact, finds iconographic and style correspondences with the works of art by Jan Frans van Bloemen, an artist to be considered one of the main painters active in the Eternal City between the 17th and 18th centuries, capable of describing with extraordinary idyllic sensitivity and atmospheric luminosity the Roman countryside. His views depicting classical vestiges, rural villages and the Tiber valley delighted collectors of ancient history and literature. In the Baroque age these places were the favorite destination of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, among the best interpreters of the classical ideal which, according to Jonathan Skelton, they had both inferred while staying beyond the Aurelian walls and Bloemen was undoubtedly one of the best descendants of this extraordinary tradition.
Returning to the canvas in question, it reveals from a stylistic point of view the impressionistic taste expressed with light and vibrant brushstrokes and is still compared with the examples of Dughet, suggesting a dating to the following century. The canvas depicts a placid wooded countryside landscape, in the distance you can see a mountainous profile, in which it is animated by some wanderer figures, near a well, in the act of performing tasks. Everything inspires calm and serenity, in a sort of affable anticipation of Arcadia.
Together with the forerunner Gaspar Dughet, Jan Frans, Van Bloemen known as the Horizon is certainly to be considered among the most important landscape painters of the eighteenth century.
He belonged to a family of Flemish painters and draftsmen, also active in Italy and France. From 1686-1687 the two brothers, Jan and Pieter, lived in Rome, where they joined the Schildersbent, Pieter with the nickname of Stendardo, probably for the banners he painted in the battle scenes, while Jan Frans with the nickname of Horizon , for the ease with which he painted landscapes, previously attributed to Claude Lorrain. Jan never left Rome except for a short period of eight months, during which he visited Naples, Sicily and Malta, in 1714 he was included among the Virtuosi al Pantheon and collaborated with Placido Costanzi and Filippo Lauri. Among his patrons and collectors we remember the Pallavicini families (in whose Gallery there are still some paintings today) and Rospigliosi, Luigi Bonaparte, Humphry Morice and Pope Benedict XIV.
Orizzonte was fascinated by the beauty of Rome and its surroundings and inspired by the classical landscapes of Gaspard Dughet. Having the Flemish landscape tradition as a basis, he had no difficulty in assimilating Dughet's analytical realism and quickly becoming one of the best classical landscape painters in Rome in the first half of the eighteenth century proceeding according to the Arcadian-Rococo style of the period. Van Bloemen's shifting patterns of light and shadow are also characteristic of Dughet's work, so much so that Orizzonte's paintings were sometimes mistaken for Dughet's works. Van Bloemen used other artists to complete his landscapes with figures. Among these were Carlo Maratta, Placido Costanzi, Pompeo Batoni and his brother Pieter. The clear chromatic range of the painting and the more defined outlines of the figures seem close to van Bloemen's early works, and denote an attention to Jacob de Heusch.
For these reasons, we can - with prudence - attribute the work in question to a probable follower of the painter Jan Frans Van Bloemen, or of his circle.
The painting is framed in a beautiful ancient (?) wooden and gilded frame in the shape of a Renaissance drawer, an integral part of the work, both for artistic and economic value (about € 600/900).
With regard to its state of conservation, the canvas is in fairly fair general condition considering the age of the painting, the pictorial surface has a patina, and the overall image can be read well under a clear and glossy varnish. Visibly, the painting has wear, drops of color, small pictorial additions and abrasions. When examined under Wood's lamp, the fluorescence is intense and homogeneous, revealing further restorations, but due to it it is not possible to exclude further previous restorations. The painting appears to have been lined. In sunlight, a fine craquelé is visible in relation to the period. The measurements of the canvas are cm. 33 x 42. With regard to the frame, however, it has a patina and there are small defects, such as drops of gold, and wear over time. The dimensions of the frame are cm. 48 x 61 x 6 approx., (presence of defects).

Provenance: Coll. private

 Unpublished;
 Myths and the Territory in Sicily with a thousand cultures. UNPUBLISHED QUADRERIA general catalog of the paintings of the collection of the cycle “Myths and the territory”, Publisher Lab_04, Marsala, 2022.

We also guarantee accurate packaging with external wooden crate and bubble wrap / cardboard / internal polystyrene (packaging cost approximately € 100.00) and tracked shipping (€ 100.00 Italy). For export, the work is subject to a request for a Certificate of Free Movement (European Community) or Export Certificate (Extra-Community Transport), at the export office (Superintendency of the territory) with the times and costs incurred ( € 300 / € 800, all included: shipping, packaging and particular exports).
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Object Painting
Artist Jan Frans Van Bloemen (1662-1749), Follower of
Title of artwork Paesaggio con figure
Period 1700-1799
Year XVIII secolo
Technique oil on canvas, c. 33x43, Oil on canvas
Signature Not signed
Edition Opera cornice dorata
Condition Fair condition
Weight 5 kg
Total dimensions 48×6×61 cm
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