Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668

Landscape en plen air signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668

c. 1668 to c. 1668 Middelburg Netherlands

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Painting oil on a table with dimensions of 63 x 81 without frame and 89 x 97 cm with frame depicting a landscape en plen air with a series of characters signed in the lower right JZ Blijhooft fecit 1668.

The ainting you asked me to examine is a painting depicting a eulogy of country life and in contact with nature; the picture in question, as can be seen from the signature, is a work of great quality and artistic sensitivity of the painter Zacharias Blijhooft (Middelburg 1630 - 1681).

The composition is very harmonious and warm in color, of great quality especially in the form while the scene represented here undoubtedly falls within the theme par excellence of the paintings of that period or in the so-called genre painting.

This painting depicts the allegory of life in the countryside where we can see the serenity, joy and peace that nature itself gives us watching the various protagonists of our painting, or the peasants on the left, the hunters and their dogs on the right, the fishermen in the background and the horses in the background stop to rest and get lost in this sweet and peaceful nature, while in the foreground looking at the mother with child and grandmother we can see all the generations of our humanity live and prosper thanks to nature, because it is from the earth that life is born and from the earth that we take inspiration and we lean towards life; therefore the campaign here should be understood as a hymn to life and as a cry of love for nature as it is the one that gives life to the human being.

And in the background we see the protagonist or the green earth, sweet, florid that gives us a sense of peace and quiet as if it transported us to a distant world full of love, in an arcadian landscape where only the quiet and serenity dominate our feelings; moreover we can see the serenity of the men who work the earth with calm and peace dedicated to the care of the earth and of the countryside itself.

This should be a hymn to life immersed in nature and simplicity that should reign in our hearts and our thoughts. The subject of the canvas is a simple representation, in a typical Flemish landscape of the period, of a series of characters intent on preparing for the celebration of some event, given the richness and the very methodical and rational disposition of each individual character; it is not to be excluded that this type of painting should be considered as an allegory of some particular theme, an allegory that warned against the vices and corruptions of the body.

This composition, painted at the end of the 60s of the seventeenth century, having been made in the mature age (the most shining and shining moment of a career always of absolute level) of the painter, is of excellent quality and perfectly reflects the phase that is living Dutch painting in those moments halfway between a sense of Mannerist inspiration and an adhesion to the naturalistic observation that the Caravaggesque imprint has just developed; also from the point of view of expression and form with a setting of colors and the scene so compact and dense, the painter lightened everything with the colors of the clothes of the protagonists really ethereal and with a perspective able to give a sense of truly remarkable peace and serenity.

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Mr. Riccardo Moneghini
Old Master Paintings Expert- Court Expert
Great state of conservation
Middelburg
Dimensions
Height 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
Width 81.00 cm (31.89 inches)
External Height 79.00 cm (31.10 inches)
External Width 97.00 cm (38.19 inches)
Stock Code
56
Medium
oil on table
Signed/Inscribed
signed J. Z. Blijhooft fecit 1668
Riccardo Moneghini

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