Jan Asselijn (Dieppe circa 1610-1652 Amsterdam) Peasants merrymaking among ruins, an Italianate landscape beyond

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Lot 41
Jan Asselijn
(Dieppe circa 1610-1652 Amsterdam)
Peasants merrymaking among ruins, an Italianate landscape beyond

Sold for £ 15,000 (US$ 19,131) inc. premium
Jan Asselijn (Dieppe circa 1610-1652 Amsterdam)
Peasants merrymaking among ruins, an Italianate landscape beyond
signed with monogram 'JA' (lower right)
oil on canvas
61.2 x 50.8cm (24 1/8 x 20in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sale, Bonhams, London, 14 December 1978, lot 30
    With Rafael Valls, London, 1979
    Private Collection, Germany, 1986 (according to literature)
    Sale, Sotheby's, New York, 25 January 2001, lot 108

    Exhibited
    Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, I Bamboccianti. Niederländische Malerrebellen im Rom des Barock, 28 August- 17 November 1991, cat. no. 1.1
    Utrecht, Centraal Museum, I Bamboccianti. Niederländische Malerrebellen im Rom des Barock, 6 December 1991 - 9 February 1992, cat. no. 1.1

    Literature
    Weltkunst, vol. 49, no. 13, 1 July 1979, p. 1630
    A-C. Steland-Stief, in D. Levine & E. Mai (ed.), I Bamboccianti. Niederländische Malerrebellen im Rom des Barock, exh. cat. 1991, pp. 114-116, cat. no.1.1, ill., p.115

    Anne-Charlotte Steland-Stief suggests that the present work dates from Asselijn's early Italian period, circa 1639-40 (see Literature). During this period Asselijn was influenced by a group of Dutch Italian artists, including Pieter van Laer, known collectively as the Bamboccianti.

    The motif of peasants and animals in Roman ruins was a popular subject for Asselijn, and one that he repeated throughout his Italian period and continued to do so after his return to The Netherlands. A similar work, also dated to Asselijn's early period in Rome, is in the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford (inv. no. 1917.1).
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