Sebastian Vrancx and workshop

A Cavalry Skirmish – The Battle of Lekkerbeetje

Studio of Sebastian Vrancx
(*1573 – Antwerpen – †1647)

Battle of Lekkerbeetje
Oil on panel, 37,3 x 56 cm

Private Collection, Bremen until 2013

Price: 8.000 €


Sebastian Vrancx was an early Flemish landscape and genre painter. The compositions of his outdoor scenes are of popular life, village streets, fairs and receptions, always executed with the same fine degree of detail. He painted numerous army camps, which were often repeated by his pupil, Pieter Snayers.

“The battle between Lekkerbeetje and Braut on the heath of Vught” was painted by Vrancx and his studio in numerous versions. There are some paintings by Vrancx which show parallels in execution and composition, e.g. “Pillage of Wommelgem” and “A cavalry skirmish”. In the latter case there is a repetition of the fleeing soldier and the fallen horse.

Compare: Sebastian Vrancx, Pillage of Wommelgem, c. 1625-30, oil on panel, 55,6 x 85,4 cm, Düsseldorf, Museum Kunst Palast and Sebastian Vrancx, A cavalry skirmish, oil on panel, 45 x 65 cm, Cologne, Lempertz, 16. November 2002, no 1130.

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