(Brussels 1626-1699 Brussels)
Panel, 19.7 x 25 cm; monogrammed
Acquired in 1962; inv. 7698
In 1657 Lucas Achtschellinck became a master in the Guild of St Luke in Brussels, and eight pupils are documented in his workshop between 1659 and 1686. According to the artists’ biographer Cornelis de Bie (1662), Achtschellink was apprenticed to Lodewijk de Vadder (cf.
no. 19). His paintings were often commissioned by churches and religious orders and he was also active as a designer of tapestries. This simple dune landscape is highly unusual in his oeuvre because of the small size and the presence of a monogram. The figures seem to be absorbed in the landscape, which is depicted with expressive strokes in a bright palette.