Flemish painting attributed to Pieter van Boucle, large still life depicting an elegant family at the market. Oil on canvas painting. Pieter van Boucle was a Flemish Baroque painter who worked for a large part of his life in Paris, where he was one of the most prolific Flemish still life painters. Pupil of Snyders, van Boucle was registered with his father in Paris, in 1623. At that time, many Flemish artists were active in the Parisian district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés: thus, he worked for a while with the still life painter Baugin and was familiar with Linard, Picart, Moillon or Fouquières... He was very much valued and even worked for the King, but despite his success as an artist, and according to his biographes, he died in misery because of his dissolute life. Pieter van Boucle often moved his still lifes with living animals (monkeys, cats...), occasionally with people. But it is also possible that other painters realized people, van Boucle appearing to have been only a still life specialist. With a thick and confident execution, a rich and solid style, his work is a good illustration between the Northern and the French Schools. The clothes of each character and the gadrooned earthenware bowl allow us to date this painting on canvas between 1630 and 1640.
Really good condition for this oil on its original canvas