Flemish School, The Watering Hole, 17th Century

Flemish School, The Watering Hole, 17th Century


Oil on canvas. Dim.: 90x70 cm; 117x100 cm (frame)

This baroque Flemish painting represents a landscape along with four figures and different types of animals. It’s a copy of Peter Paul Rubens’ (1577-1640) painting, The Watering Place (1615-22), exhibited in the National Gallery of London. 

The concept of landscape paintings emerged in the Renaissance, and with it the return of Classical Antiquity and Humanism, which brought a new meaning and understanding of nature as a source of life, in contrast with the religious ideals of the Middle Ages. In the Flemish School of the 17th Century landscape paintings could be divided in two trends: a realistic one, initiated by Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625), and a more picturesque and idealised one, through which it was intended to convey tranquility, harmony, peace, calm, sensations that we can only find in nature and rural world. In a certain way, this was an anticipation of Romanticism as an artistic movement. 

This latter trend is present in this painting, where you can visualize an idyllic landscape due to the use of light and ochre and greenish tones. In addition, the presence of water (lower left side), human figures and identifiable animals also contribute to the achievement of this picturesque trend.

Not signed. Attributed to Lucas van Uden by Christie’s in an Old Masters auction in 1996.

Ref.: A180114

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