Thomas van Apshoven

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Landscape with figures

Thomas van Apshoven, sometimes miscalled Theodor, (1622– 1664/7) was a Flemish artist.


The son of Ferdinand van Apshoven the Elder, he was baptized at Antwerp on 30 November 1622. He became a pupil of David Teniers the Younger, whose style he imitated with much success. We find various records of Apshoven. In 1652 he took the oath as standard-bearer in the 6th Division of the Civic Guard, and in 1657 he was made captain of the 8th Division. He died sometime between 18 September 1664, and the same day in the following year.[1]


Apshoven's pictures, like those of his master, represent village festivals, the interiors of cabarets, with peasants regaling and amusing themselves, corps-de-gardes, and chemists' laboratories, in all of which he approached so near to the admirable style of his instructor, that his pictures may easily be mistaken for those of Teniers. His touch is uncommonly light and spirited, and his colouring clear and silvery. The Dresden Gallery has a picture of fruits, &c., by him, signed "T. V. APSHOVEN". The Darmstadt Gallery has a Landscape, painted in 1656; the Cassel Gallery Dancing Peasants; and the Prague Gallery has an interior by him.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bryan,1886-9


This article incorporates text from the article "APSHOVEN, Thomas van" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.