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Painting Title Horsemen at the Well
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Falens, Carel van (Flemish painter, 1683-1733)
After Wouverman, Philips (Dutch painter, 1619-1668)
Date Earliest possibly 1726
Date Latest 1733
Signed yes
Description A woman stands at a well, left, with two horsemen, in a landscape setting. Carel van Falens (Valens) was a Flemish painter, specialising in hunting scenes. He was born in Antwerp, but lived mainly in France, where he became a member of the Académie Royale in 1726. YORAG : 25 is in fact a copy of ‘Two Horsemen near a Fountain' by Philips Wouwerman (Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, DPG079), which is dated 1650-52. Like many other artists, Van Falens' source of easy income was making copies after Berchem and Wouwerman, who were popular then; nevertheless, Van Falens always signed those copies with his own name. Most of the paintings by Wouwerman that he copied were in Paris, in the collection of Jeanne-Baptiste d'Albert de Luynes, comtesse de Verrue (1670-1736).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 25
Inscription front lr 'V. Falens'
Subject lanscape; figure; everyday life; animal (horse, dog)
Measurements 45.7 x 60.9 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Cuthbert Morrel 1948.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 4, October 1948, vol. I; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 57; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 278.
Notes YORAG : 25 seems to belong to a group of works that Van Falen completed after 1726, signed with his name (not monogram), featuring elegant companies, some on horseback, rather than his earlier scenes of country life, and with a more elegant and delicate way of depicting the figures.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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