RESERVED AS 17th century painting - gypsies by the fire - Cornelis de Wael (1592-1667) - 22" x 30"

SKU: 15680

US$4,457 US$5,742
This superb painting dates from the nineteenth century and is signed in the bottom left, Cornelis de Wael (1592-1667) and titled ‘La Halte’ or The Halt. It has been authenticated by experts Turquin in Paris (see in images below). The somber scene is of a breastfeeding lady, telling the fortunes of the noble people who surround her. The gypsies probably had robbed the noblemen. No repairs, original frame.

Cornelis de Wael (1592-1667) was a Flemish painter, engraver, and merchant primarily active in Genoa, Italy. Born in Antwerp on September 7, 1592, de Wael was the son of painter Jan de Wael I and Gertrude de Jode, who came from a family of artists. Cornelis and his brother Lucas de Wael emigrated to Italy in 1619, first spending time in Genoa and later in Rome, where they engaged with the Bentvueghels, an association of Dutch and Flemish artists.

Cornelis de Wael is renowned for his genre paintings, battle scenes, history paintings, and still lifes. His works had a significant influence on local painters such as Alessandro Magnasco, particularly with his scenes of despair and irony. He played a pivotal role in the artistic exchange between Italy and Flanders during the first half of the 17th century, both through his artwork and his support for Flemish artists working in Italy.

The de Wael brothers' workshop in Genoa became a hub for Flemish artists, providing them with accommodation, materials, and local integration support. Some of these artists, like Andries van Eertvelt and Gaspar van Eyck, became collaborators. The brothers also hosted notable artists such as Anthony van Dyck and Jan Brueghel the Younger.

In addition to his artistic endeavors, Cornelis de Wael was involved in trading activities and played a crucial role in introducing Rembrandt's prints to Genoa and Rome. He settled permanently in Rome around 1656 to avoid a plague outbreak in Genoa and continued to paint and trade until his death in 1667. Cornelis de Wael was a respected figure, and his funeral in Rome was attended by about 400 Flemish artists.

Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 22" high x 30" x 2¼" deep.
Approx. overall 56cm high x 76cm x 6cm deep.

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