oil on canvas;
signed lower left: 'A Blommaert'
Dimensions: canvas: 21 5/8 by 17 1/8 in.; 54.9 by 43.5 cm.
Condition Report: The canvas has an old glue relining in good condition. The paint surface appears to be well preserved beneath an old, slightly discolored varnish, Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an old restored vertical tear of approx. 2 in. in the background upper right., minor old area of retouching to the cloud, upper center of approx. 1 by 1 in. and retouching to frame abrasion at the edges.The painting would benefit from a very light clean and revarnish. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt wood frame.
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Exhibited: Waltham, Massachusetts, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, '
17th Century Paintings from the Low Countries', February - March 1966, no. 8 (as Adriaen Bloemaert);
Providence, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Tampa, The Tampa Museum; Norfolk, The Chrysler Museum, '
The Discovery of the Everyday: Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings from the Wolf Collection', 1982 - 1983, no. 4 (as Adriaen Bloemaert).
Literature: Waltham, The Rose Art Museum, '
17th Century Paintings from the Low Countries', exhibition catalogue, pp. 22-23, cat. no. 8, reproduced (as Adriaen Bloemaert);
M.J. Bok and M. Roethlisberger, "Not Adrien Bloemaert but Abraham Blommaert (of Middleburg), Landscape Painter", '
Oud Holland', vol. 110, 1996, p. 30, no. 71.
Provenance: Anonymous sale, Cologne, Lempertz, 22 May 1957, lot 1806 (together with a pendant, as Adriaen Bloemaert);
Emile Wolf, New York, by 1966;
Thence by descent to the present owners.
Notes: Although once erroneously identified as by Adriaen Bloemaert, the son of Abraham Bloemaert, this canvas was painted by the similarly named Abraham Blommaert, a landscape painter active in Middelburg during the seventeenth century.
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