Rubens ... Schelte A Bolswert ...
Cornelis Galle ... Gilles
Hendricx ... Cornelis de Boudt
The Peter Paul Rubens
Below a description of the available landscapes.
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|Peter Paul Rubens
||Schelte A. Bolswert
|It is hardly needed to explain the
importance of Pieter Paul Rubens, the great baroque
painter in Antwerp together with Jordaens and Van Dijck.
The importance of this painter and diplomat can hardly be
overestimated. He had yet during his life a great
influence on Antwerp artists and and trained a whole
atelier of fine painters. he was also involved with the
publications of the house Plantijn-Moretus.
|Born in Bolswert, Frisia, 1586
Died Antwerp 1659
was on friendly terms with Rubens whose paintings he
reproduced with unsurpassable mastership, dealing with
such a fine deception for the charm of the colors that
for a long time one thought of a direct participation of
Rubens at these works, but the most important works of
Schelte's are his latest, after Ruben's death
Small Landscapes after Rubens
Landscapes after Rubens although these are large
landscape engravings measuring about 12.00 by
For reference see Hollstein 305-325, but Bolswert
did make a suite of even larger prints called the
Unless mentioned these are all with the address
of Aegidius (Gillis) Hendriks in Antwerp (Gillis
Hendricx excudit / Antwerpiae Cum
privilegio), before that of Jean
Philipp le Bas (1708 Paris 1782)." For
a long period Martinus van den Enden was nearly
the only publisher (of Bolswert's) plates. But in
many cases G. Hendricx, too, is ... the first and
best address. " Hendricx, active since
1645, Wurzbach notes "owner of the old stock
of van den Enden"
These landscapes are in true Flemish tradition
but the imaginairy setting has made place for a
more realistic scene.
Some subjects are violent like the (n° 22 and
13) Coastal Landscape with Thunderstorm.
Fortified town at a mountainous bay. Before the
harbour ships and boats in Feininger-like
depiction searched rescue. On the
peninsular in the foreground two churches, a
shepherd with his flock, and farmers running
away. Inscribed: .P.P. Rubbens (sic!) pinxit . /
S a Bolswert fecit. Others are still Italianate
with ancient ruïns as a major feature but most
are showing a quiet pastoral Flemish flat
landscape often with a sunset, other with a
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interesting landscapes where acquired here and
there over the last years and recently expanded
with an important aquisition.
Most of them are on fine laid paper with
chainlines at one inch maximum and with old
collection inscription on the back in the corner.
Some are on stiffer paper, some are backed. One
has a stamp of N.Y. public library prints
devision. Many have a watermark of a bunch of
grapes. Most are in good condition and if
defects, these are noticable on the images.
Please ask for a condition report for the ones
you're interested in.
These are without exception good impressions.