Gouache on antique laid paper
Sheet: 12.1 x 16.6 cm (4 3/4 x 6 9/16 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2019.63
Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe was from a family of painters; among them he was known as “the great Blarenberghe.”
Louis Nicolas van Blarenberghe was known for drawings such as this one, which were executed on a small scale with exacting detail. His designs attracted the attention of the French monarchy, and he received numerous royal commissions. This work shows well-dressed figures enjoying outdoor leisure in a rural village. Its panoramic landscape and dense crowd were both characteristic of Van Blarenberghe’s miniaturist style.
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