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 Huysmans, Jan Baptiste (Flemish painter, 1654-1716) , Landscape with Ruins

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Title Landscape with Ruins
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Huysmans, Jan Baptiste (Flemish painter, 1654-1716)
Date 1694 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Though Jan Baptiste Huysman's landscapes have been much confused in the past with those of his elder brother, Cornelis, the fact that the Shipley work is signed and dated has allowed more of his oeuvre to be distinguished. A key example of Antwerp landscape painting in the latter years of the seventeenth century, the handling of the landscape is quite conventional - a delicate fusion of North European wooded landscape with the Italian inspired vista. However in the treatment of the ruins, Huysmans turns to the type of architecture first popularised by Claude Lorraine in Rome. As in the famous painting by Claude's contemporary Nicolas Poussin, this work is close to being an Et in Arcadia Ego, as the structure on which the artist's signature is painted is clearly a tomb. The viewer is given a glimpse of a pastoral idyll, whilst being reminded of the closeness of death.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:B8433
Former Accession Number SAG 284
Inscription front cr 'J.B. Huysmans. Ao. 1694'
Subject landscape; figure; animal (sheep)
Measurements 152.5 x 214 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Principal Exhibitions Dutch and Flemish 16th and 17th Century Paintings from the Shipley Collection, Alan Jacobs Gallery, London, 1979 (touring), cat. no. 12.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 284 as J. B. Huysmans; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 284 as J. B. Huysmans; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 284 as J. B. Huysmans.
Notes Jan Baptiste Huysmans appears to have spent his entire career in Antwerp. He was recorded as a pupil of the Guild of St Luke in 1674-75, and by 1677 was a Master of the Guild. His paintings derive from an earlier generation of landscape painters, such as Jaques d'Artois. Description and notes from Martin, G. Catalogue of the Flemish School c. 1600-c.1900 National Gallery, London, 1970, pp. 84-85.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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