Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Joos de Momper the Younger (1564 - 1635)

"River Landscape" 1610

Joos De Momper is considered a pioneer of landscape painting. He specialised in panoramic, highly detailed "world landscapes." A world landscape is an invented view designed to "encapsulate the world" and allow an artist to incorporate as many impressive images and events as possible in the one painting. "River Landscape" of 1610 (above) is a typical example - amongst other things De Momper has crammed in bridges, ports, beaches, windmills, little towns, a boar hunt and two war ships firing on each other.

De Momper was born in 1564 in Antwerp. He was heavily influenced by Peter Brueghel the Elder and is considered to be one of the most important painters who worked in the period between Brueghel and Peter Paul Rubens. Of the 500 or so works attributed to De Momper very few are signed, and only one is dated. It is thought that several of his works are collaborative pieces which were painted alongside Jan Brueghel the Elder.

"A Rocky Landscape with cattle on a Road"

"Extensive mountainous landscape"

"Flemish Market with Washing Place" 1620

"Hermitage of Monks"

"View of a village in winter"

"Winter Landscape" 1620

"Winter Landscape with the Flight into Egypt"

"Village in Winter"

A collection of his works

1 comment:

Cris said...

I recently bought a piece of art from the Goodwill and written on the back is the name Joos de Mooper Flemish. I have researched and i believe this could be his work. Description looks very similar to the pictures you have posted such as:River Landscape 1610, or Extensive Mountainous Landscape. I really do not know if i should try to get it restored or maybe donate it for history for the under-appreciated artist.