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Thomas Van Apshoven

(Flemish 1622-1664)


Oil on Canvas,
61cm x 84cm, (24in x 33in)

Thomas van Apshoven was a Flemish painter known for his landscapes with peasant scenes and genre scenes in interiors. His genre scenes depict village festivals, the interiors of taverns, village scenes or landscapes with peasants engaged in various activities, singeries, guardroom scenes and laboratories of alchemists. Some still lifes have also been attributed to him. His themes and style are close to that of David Teniers the Younger.

He was born on 30 November 1622 in Antwerp as the eldest son of Ferdinand van Apshoven the Elder and Leonora Wijns. His father was a painter who had studied with Adam van Noort and had become a master of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1596. No paintings by his father are known. His younger brother Ferdinand van Apshoven the Younger became also a successful painter.

The artwork was auctioned at Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria on 30 March 2000 under the title “Feiernde Bauern vor einem Dorfgasthaus” (Partying farmers in front of a village inn).