A mountainous landscape with a figure reading before a cottage oil on panel 40.3 x 32.6cm (15 7/8 x 12 13/16in).
PROVENANCE: Sale, Sotheby's New York, 24 June 2008, lot 272 (as Attributed to Peeter Gysels with a note suggesting an attribution to Jan Brueghel II)
The present landscape, which may have originally been larger on the right, compares favourably to two works by Bredael which were previously with Galerie d'Art St. Honoré, Paris (see K. Ertz and C. Nitze Ertz, Josef van Bredael, (Lingen, 2006), cat. no. 130 and 136, illus. pl. 100 and 104).