Thomas van Apshoven (1622-1664)

Artist Name Thomas van Apshoven (1622-1664)
Title Villagers in a Landscape
Description This fantastic Flemish 17th century Old Master oil painting is by Thomas Van Apshoven. It was painted circa 1650 and depicts a village with figures outside a tavern, eating, drinking and dancing. Beyond are more dwellings, villagers and animals, all under a blue summer's sky. The detail, brushwork and vibrant colouring are superb. This is an excellent example of Apshoven's work and a typical subject he loved to paint. 
Provenance Leominster estate. 
Wax stamp verso. 
Medium Oil on Panel
Size 22 x 17 inches
Frame Housed In beautiful gilt frame, 30 inches by 25 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Thomas van Apshoven (1622– 1664) was a Flemish painter known for his landscapes with peasant scenes and genre scenes in interiors. His genre scenes depict village festivals, the interiors of taverns, village scenes or landscapes with peasants engaged in various activities, singeries, guardroom scenes and laboratories of alchemists. Some still lifes have also been attributed to him. His themes and style are close to that of David Teniers the Younger. He was born on 30 November 1622 in Antwerp as the eldest son of Ferdinand van Apshoven the Elder and Leonora Wijns. His father was a painter who had studied with Adam van Noort and had become a master of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1596. No paintings by his father are known. His younger brother Ferdinand van Apshoven the Younger became also a successful painter. Thomas studied under his father. Some sources state that he became a pupil of the prominent genre painter David Teniers the Younger. It is more likely, however, that he was an imitator of Teniers. He was registered as a 'wijnmeester' [son of a master] in the Guild of St. Luke of Antwerp in the guild year 1645–1646. He married Barbara Janssens on 22 March 1645. The couple had four children. The godfathers of the children included the painters Victor Wolfvoet and Jan van Kessel the Elder. Jan van Kessel was married to his sister Maria van Apshoven. As his father had been the captain of the local civil militia he was in 1657 also made captain, a position which he held until his death. Heyndrick van Voer was his pupil in the guild year 1650–1651. He died sometime between 18 September 1664, and the same day in the following year. 
Price £7000
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