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Jan van Kessel the Elder

   •   Flemish painting   •   Wikipedia: Jan van Kessel the Elder
80 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #56121
Jan van Kessel the Elder or Jan van Kessel I came from a great dynasty of painters. On his father's side, he came from Hiernonymus van Kessel and his mother was a daughter of Jan Brueghel the Elder. This also made him the great-grandson of Pieter Brueghel, the nephew of Jan Brueghel the Younger and the nephew of David Teniers the Younger. The family sent him to the age of nine to Simon de Vos. His further education was then largely within the family.

Van Kessel was a very versatile artist who tried many different genres. He painted still lifes, animal pictures, allegorical scenes but also different landscape motifs. He followed his grandfather Jan Brueghel the Elder and other Flemish painters like Daniel Seghers, Joris Hoefnagel and Frans Snyders. He was also very active in the genre of garland painting, which was among other things founded by his grandfather Jan Brueghel. For example, he worked with his uncle David Teniers on the painting "The Soap Bubbles," in which he painted the decorative flower garlands around the portrait. As a flower painter, he was officially admitted in 1644 in the Lukasgilde of Antwerp. Two years later he married Maria van Apshoven, with whom he had 13 children. From his children were two sons, Jan van Kessel the Younger and Ferdinand van Kessel, also successful painters and personally trained by him. In van Kessel's lifetime there were a total of three painters of the same name. This later caused some confusion when it came to assigning the works. Besides his son Jan, there was another Flemish painter of the same name. However, there was no relationship to this. Another difficulty was that van Kessel used different signatures. He often painted very small pictures on which he could not place his otherwise embellished signature. So it was assumed because of the different signatures long, it would have to be different artists. Today his works can be safely classified from 1648 to 1676.

Van Kessel was a painter obsessed with detail. Especially his still life and animal motifs including the various insect studies such as "Still Life Study of Insects on a Rosemary Branch" were of almost scientific accuracy. That made his works very popular throughout Europe. Van Kessel could demand good prices and sell many paintings. This allowed him and his family a good, secure life. But after the death of his wife in 1678, the financial situation deteriorated increasingly. Van Kessel was too old and too ill to paint. He had to mortgage his house after all. He died at the age of 53 and left a huge debt mountain. © Meisterdrucke


Reiher und Enten an einem Flußlauf
1679 | Unknown

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Reiher und Enten an einem Flußlauf
1679 | Unknown

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Studie von Schmetterlingen und a...
Undated | Oil on copper

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Studie von Schmetterlingen und a...
0 | Oil on copper

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Studie von Insekten und Blumen
1679 | oil on wood

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Studie von Insekten und Blumen
1679 | oil on wood

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Symbole des Krieges
Undated | Öl auf Kupfer

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Symbole des Krieges
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