Peeter van Bredael

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Pieter van Bredael or Peeter van Bredael (other name variations: Peter van Breda, Peter van Bredael) (1629 –1719) was a Flemish painter specializing in market scenes and village feasts set in Italianate landscapes or contemporary, usually, urban environments.

Life[edit]

Market in Italy amid Fantastic Ruins

Pieter van Bredael was born in Antwerp in 1629.[1] He reportedly was working in the workshop of David Ryckaert III around 1640. He undertook several travels abroad. It is known he travelled to Spain. Although there is no evidence for a stay in Italy, the inclusion in his landscapes of ruins of architecture from the environs of Rome points to a possible visit to Italy.[2][3][4] Upon his return to Antwerp in 1648 he married An Veldener, the daughter of the sculptor Jennyn Veldener.[5] The couple had eight children of whom three, Jan Peeter the Elder, Alexander and Joris became painters.[3][6] Several of his grand-children such as Joseph van Bredael, Jan Pieter van Bredael the Younger and Jan Frans van Bredael became painters.[5]

His pupils included his sons Joris and Alexander, Hendrik Frans van Lint and Ferdinandus Hofmans.[1][7]

He died in Antwerp where he was buried on 9 March 1719.[1]

Work[edit]

The Old Ox Market in Antwerp

He mainly painted Roman cattle markets amidst a landscape of buildings, often ruins from Antiquity, Italian pastoral landscapes and less often battle pieces.[6] He also depicted genre scenes such as village festivals, processions and a commedia del’arte scene.

He worked as a copyist and is known to have copied battle scenes of the Dutch painter Philips Wouwerman. A drawing of an Equestrian Battle in the Mauritshuis has been attributed to van Bredael as being a copy after Wouwerman.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peeter van Bredael at the Netherlands Institute for Art History (Dutch)
  2. ^ Peter van Breda Biography in: Arnold Houbraken, De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen, 1718 (Dutch)
  3. ^ a b Armelle Baron, Pierre Baron, L'art dentaire à travers la peinture, www.acr-edition.com, 1 Jan, 1986, p. 232 (French)
  4. ^ Cornelis de Bie, Het Gulden Cabinet, p 381 (Dutch)
  5. ^ a b Pierre Van Bredael, in: Biographie Nationale Tome 2, p. 914-917 (French)
  6. ^ a b Walther Bernt, The Netherlandish painters of the seventeenth century, Volume 1, Phaidon, 1970, p. 19
  7. ^ Alexander van Bredael, Cattle Market in Antwerp at the vads
  8. ^ Annemarie Stefes , Niederländische Zeichnungen 1450-1800: Tafeln, Böhlau Verlag, Köln Weimar, 2011, p. 140 (German)