Jan Brueghel the Younger - SUMMER LANDSCAPE WITH GRAIN HARVEST
Jan Brueghel the Younger
SUMMER LANDSCAPE WITH GRAIN HARVEST
Oil on copper. 13,5 x 18,3 (oval).
This oval composition of a “Grain Harvest” by Jan Brueghel the Younger - that can also be interpreted as an allegory of summer - stands in a long tradition of landscape painting (to which the theme of the season cycle belongs) that starts with the works of the painter´s grandfather, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, and that was masterly continued by his son Jan Brueghel the Elder. The model for this painting might have been a small-scale painting (9,4 x 15 cm) by the latter with the same theme, that today belongs to a private collection (Ertz, vol. III, no. 530). The manner of this painting in which every detail is lovingly rendered, clearly points to the father´s training and indicates a date not too far from the father´s work. In early 1625, Jan the Younger learned in Palermo about his father´s decease and immediately returned to Antwerp in order to take over his studio. Klaus Ertz dates this painting in the 1620s, shortly after the return. Around 1636, Jan the Younger was to paint another, larger “Grain Harvest” (Ertz 1984, no. 25) but the theme did not reappear in his oeuvre.
In 1965 this painting was given to the North Carolina Museum of Art by Ernest V. Horvat, New York, as a work by Jan Brueghel the Elder (cf. Museum Bulletin) and was sold in 1998.
Dr. Klaus Ertz, September 2010.
Ernest V. Horvath collection, New York. North Carolina Museum of Art. - Sotheby´s New York 28.1 1999, lot 373. - Private collection, Belgium
North Carolina Museum of Art. Bulletin, vol. VI no. 4 and vol. VII, no.1, July 1963 - June 1965, p. 5, illu. no. 3 . - The Art Quarterly, vol XXX, no. 1, 1967, p. 65, illustration (p. 70. - cf. Klaus Ertz: Jan Bruegehl d. J., Die Gemälde mit kritischen Oevrekatalog, vol. II, Lingen 2000. - Klaus Ertz: Jan Bruegehl d. Ä., Die Gemälde mit kritischem Katalog, vol. I - IV, 2008 - 10.