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 Joachim Beuckelaer  (c.1533 - c.1574)

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Joachim Beuckelaer (c.1533–c.1574)

He was a Flemish painter specialising in market and kitchen scenes.

Beuckelaer was born in Antwerp and learned to paint in the workshop of his uncle, Pieter Aertsen, best known for his market and kitchen scenes, genres which Beuckelaar continued to paint when he established himself as an independent master in 1560.

His scenes, like Aertsen's, often incorporate biblical episodes into the background.  His Four Elements series, acquired by the National Gallery, London in 2001, exemplifies this on a large scale.  Water, for example, shows a fish market selling twelve kinds of fish, representing the twelve disciples of Jesus.  Through an archway in the background Christ can be seen walking on the Sea of Galilee after his resurrection, making fish appear miraculously in empty nets.

During the 1560s, especially during the early part of the decade, he painted some purely religious works, for which, unlike the kitchen and market scenes, drawings are known.  In this period he also made designs for stained glass.

Beuckelaer was also employed painting the figures into the work of other artists such as Anthonis Mor.  Karel van Mander claimed that artist was only able to sell his paintings at low prices, and that they only became sought after following his death; however, the large size of his later works and the number of workshop variants produced has been taken as an indication of a degree of success at least towards the end of his life.

His work was influential on painters in Northern Italy, particularly Vincenzo Campi.


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