CORNELIS HUYSMANS

(Flemish, 1648-1727)

LANDSCAPE WITH MILLHOUSE AND FIGURES

Oil on Canvas

26 x 32 Inches

Inscribed Verso

In a Fine and Period Swept-gilt Frame

 

A substantial early-18th-century, panoramic landscape showing a view of a woman fording a stream with a cow and, in the middle distance, a mill-house standing in a sun-lit clearing. Characteristically fine and poetic handling of light, recession and foliage by this notable Flemish artist whose work is held in museums world-wide including the Louvre and the Hermitage. Cornelis studied in Antwerp under the landscape painter Gaspard de Witte. Later, he worked with Jacques d'Arthois in Brussels, and in 1674 with Adam Frans van der Meulen in Maastricht. He painted wooded landscapes with particular attention to distant perspective and, frequently, in a manner influenced by the Italian School. At the outset of his career he practised at Malines, where he married in 1682, and worked with various artists, including van der Meulen, for whom he painted both landscape backgrounds for figural works and figures in landscapes. In 1706 he withdrew to Antwerp, where he resided till 1717, returning then to Malines, where he died. Galleries in Paris, Brussels, Dresden, Berlin, and Vienna and St. Petersburg display his works.

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