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Bucolic landscape with ice skaters
Louis-Pierre Verwee (1818-1882) was born in Kortrijk, Belgium and educated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Kortrijk. Later, he studied together with the landscape and animal painter Eugène Verboeckhoven in Ghent. The two established a lifelong friendship and regularly created artworks together.
Verwee’s early works closely resemble the style of Verboeckhoven and often depict forests and rivers in a romantic way, which was typical for that period. His later works he strived for innovation and eventually found his style in depicting the ever-changing winter landscapes.
He depicts the landscapes with low-hanging, heavy snow clouds over wintry land and waterways and dotted with figures. He used light blue and metallic gray in his color palette in an effort to suggest the intimate, moody aspect of such landscapes.
This particular painting shows a winter scene, set in the Ardennes area. On the right side a frozen river is seen, the ice of which serves for recreational as well as transportation purposes.
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The Safe Return at Dawn
Bucolic Landscape with Sea, Mountains and City
North Netherlandish School, circa 1600, oil on canvas, 122 x 192 cm, framed
The support consists of a lined canvas on a wooden stretcher with a crossbar. The canvas is well tensed and in good condition.
The painting is stable beneath a thin glossy and homogeneous layer of varnish that is clear and dirt-free. The paint layer is thick with vivid colours over a light ground.
There are visible brush strokes in the clouds, figures and landscape as well as soft impastos in the highlights and trees. The painting is finely detailed. Thin craquelure is visible throughout the surface more obvious in the light layers, though well fixed and stable.
In general, the paint layer presents good adhesion to the textile support. Retouching is not visible to the naked eye. UV light examination reveals scattered retouching throughout the sky, stretcher mark (right border) and in the landscape (centre and lower right corner). The overall condition is very good. The painting is offered in a gilded frame.