Monday, October 20, 2014

Adriaan van Stalbemt

landscape with fables
oil on canvas
129 x 169 cm
Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium

Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580-1662) was a South-Netherlandish Baroque painter and etcher, born in Antwerp. He was said to be a very good landscape painter and he decorated these landscapes paintings with various figures and animals in such an ingenious way that he became quite popular. As well as landscapes, he also painted religious, mythological and allegorical scenes. He spends most of his life there, until his death in 1662.

Most of his works are landscapes and portraits. He sometimes works with other artists such as Pieter Brueghel the Younger. His oeuvre shows great stylistic variety but, because of the small number of dated works, can only with difficulty be catalogued chronologically. Some works reveal the influence of Jan Breughel the Elder, while some are duller in colour and do not display the same meticulous brush technique. In addition to creating paintings he made etchings. Only a few of his works are dated.