Louis de Caullery
Harbour Panorama with Fishermen and Neptune
Oil on panel (parquetted). 48.5 x 73 cm.
Louis de Caullery's wide repertoire included religious and mythological narratives as well as allegories and genre paintings. However, panoramic city and park landscapes are particularly characteristic of his work, especially when enriched with large figural groups or processions. The frequency of Italian, and especially Venetian, views in his œuvre suggests that he may have travelled to Italy, although there is no archival evidence for such a journey. The present work may also depict a Southern scene, but it is not recognisable as any specific town or city. Caullery combines an almost bird's eye view of a panoramic landscape with a depiction of the Roman sea god Neptune in the front right corner of the image and a busy scene of fishermen on the left. He uses a vivid colour palette dominated by finely nuanced blue and green tones.
Drs. Luuk Pijl, Dokkum, 28.8.2017.