Richard Green is bringing to TEFAF Maastricht a group of Old Masters which span high life to low life, with an emphasis on the pleasures and luxuries of seventeenth century life. Our display of Impressionists includes eight Boudins and works by Monet, Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul-César Helleu.
A highlight is an exquisite portrait of the eleven-year-old King Charles IX of France, 1561, by François Clouet, which combines a touching, youthful vulnerability with kingly bearing. The King’s understated but costly clothing – a black doublet embroidered with gold – adds to the icon-like effect. By contrast, Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s The fat peasant and the pedlar: a Flemish proverb is a rumbustious scene of low-life trickery, painted with a delicacy that belies its subject.
The seventeenth century Netherlands are represented by outstanding examples of genre, landscape and still life. Willem van Mieris’s Portrait of a painter, 1683, upholds the pleasures of tobacco and good cheer. Working in the Leiden fijnschilder tradition, van Mieris revels in capturing light and texture on a small scale.
Jan van Goyen’s Landscape with a mill, 1634, is an affectionate portrait of a sandy road through a Dutch hamlet, painted in the ‘tonal’ style popular in the 1630s, the landscape given atmosphere through subtle shifts of gold and brown hues. Aert van der Neer’s A village by moonlight, c.1655, displays his genius for complex scenes of moonlight, shadows and candlelit cottages.
The still lifes include a Still life with grapes, 1646, by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, most versatile and brilliant of the Dutch still life specialists. Haarlem painter Floris van Schooten’s Still life with a silver beaker, c.1640, is a mixture of luxury and restraint, with a curiously modern feel.
Works by Eugène Boudin include two of his celebrated ‘Crinoline’ paintings of fine ladies on the beach; sweeping, panoramic views of Trouville and Villers, and local washerwomen, Laveuses au bord de la Touques, 1894, a mosaic of colour.
Claude Monet’s Falaises à Varengeville, 1882, shows a sweep of Normandy coastline on a sunny day, clifftops and ocean composed from dazzling skeins of many colours. Paul-César Helleu’s Mme Helleu sur le ‘Bird’, c.1899, depicts his elegant wife Alice aboard their yacht, her white parasol and dress shimmering against the deep blue of the sea.
Friday, 10 March, 2017 -
Sunday, 19 March, 2017
6229 GV Maastricht