Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Brueghel, Jan the Younger

Expulsion From Eden
oil on panel
49 x 83 cm
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy

Jan Brueghel the Younger (1601 - 1678) was a Flemish Baroque painter, and the son of Jan Brueghel the Elder.
He was born and died in Antwerp. He was trained by his father and spent his career producing works in a similar style.
Jan the Younger was traveling in Italy when his father died of cholera, and swiftly returned to take control of the Antwerp studio of his father. He sold the pictures left by his father and successfully completed half-finished works.
Jan the Younger soon established himself and headed a large studio with students and assistants. In 1630, he became the dean of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp. He collaborated with a number of prominent artists including Rubens. Along with his brother Ambrosius, he produced landscapes, allegorical scenes and other works of meticulous detail. He also copied works by his father and sold them with his father's signature.

Though he enjoyed moderate success because of his father's reputation, he did not share his father's ability to create innovative themes. Throughout the latter 1620s, he embarked on series after series of allegories paintings. Thereafter, his studio declined and he produced a number of small paintings in his father's manner that no longer fetched high prices. His work is distinguishable from that of his father by being less well executed and lighter.