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Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot. country fair

"Fiesta campesina". Oil on table.

The author was registered in 1616 as a teacher in the guild of Saint Luke in Utrecht, of which he was elected dean in 1623, 1641 and 1642. In 1618 he married Agnietgen de Barbary Velt with whom he had at least one son, Cornelius Droochsloot , also a painter. A respected member of his community, he was elected regent of the Sint Jobs Hospital in 1638, a deacon of the Reformed Church in 1642, and an officer in the schutterij, or urban militia, in 1650 and 1651. In addition, from 1665 to 1666 he was a painter at the University of Utrecht.

Prolific painter, the first known works, such as the Good Samaritan of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, signed and dated 1617, in which the knowledge of Jan van Scorel's work on the same subject is evident, or The seven works of Mercy from the same museum, dated 1618, are large historical compositions on religious subjects, a genre that he will never abandon (parables of the useless servant and of the guest at the wedding, 1635, Centraal Museum; new version of the Seven Laws of Mercy, 1644, La Haya, Museum Bredius), but what is most repeated in his production are urban landscapes or landscapes located in small villages, with a wide avenue arranged diagonally and directed towards the depth, serving as a framework for development. development of festive and market scenes or, more occasionally, with current affairs and battles. Influences have been pointed out from the Flemish masters Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and his compatriot David Vinckboons. 86,5 x 138 cm

peasant festival
86.5 x 138cm
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