Two Cavalier Kings in a garden
Adriaen Cornelisz. Beeldemaker (Rotterdam 1618 - The Hague 1709)
Two Cavalier King Charles in a garden next to a thistle
oil on the table
60 x 74 cm.
In frame 76 x 91 cm.
Lower right monogram BC (?)
Christie's, London, 28 March 1996, lot 128 (see details)
Piguet Hôtel des Ventes, Geneva, 30 September 2009, lot 1322 (see details)
The realization of this painting, which depicts a couple of Cavalier King Charles spaniels immersed in a garden, can be traced back to the hand of the Dutch Adriaen Cornelisz Beeldemaker (Rotterdam 1618 - The Hague 1709), a talented painter of the Flemish Golden Age, and one of the best known animal painters in the Netherlands, famous and appreciated for his landscape paintings with dogs and hunting scenes, but also for a large collection of portraits.
Symbol of positive values such as courage, fidelity and loyalty, over the centuries, and of course in a high bourgeois social context, it was very common to have the portrait of one's dogs painted.
Our pair of dogs, presumably a real portrait commissioned by the owner in honor of his animals, masterfully represents the art of Adriaen Cornelisz Beeldemaker, capable of rendering their movements but above all their attitude with extreme realism, infusing their portrait with grace and lightness. . The atmosphere, with the thistle which by virtue of its tendency to grow in inaccessible places symbolizes the tenacity and strength and rosy of the setting at sunset, accompany the observer with a feeling of peace and tranquility, also resulting from the gesture of affection that animals exchange.
Born in Rotterdam, in 1650 he joined the Corporation of San Luca in Leiden where he worked for most of his life, except for a brief transfer to Dordrecht between 1656 and 1662. In 1676 he moved permanently to The Hague where remained until his death in 1709.
Two of his sons also became artists, Francois and Cornelis. Examples of his work are kept in various museums and private collections including, at the Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, at the Rijksmuseum (Netherlands, Amsterdam): https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/collectie/SK-A-750, at the Louvre (France, Paris), at the Mus. Boymans-van Beuningen (Rotterdam).
The canvas is in excellent conservation conditions.
Complete painting with certificate of authenticity in accordance with the law.
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