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 Jan Josef Horemans I  (1682 - 1759)

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A MUSICIAN PLAYING THE VIOLONCELLO IN A LANDSCAPE WITH CLASSICAL STATUARY AND RUINS
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Biography from Daphne Alazraki Fine Art:
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Jan Josef Horemans the Elder is known primarily as a painter of historical and genre scenes.  Horemans first studied under sculptor Michael van der Voort, and continued as a student of Jan van Pel.  In 1706, he became a master of the St. Luke's guild in Antwerp, where he spent his entire life.  His genre paintings were created along the same line as his predecessor, David Teniers I, repeatedly depicting interiors with card players as well as cabaret interiors.  His most famous pupil was his son, Jan Josef Horemans the Younger, who worked in a very similar style.  In fact, father and son often collaborated and it is sometimes difficult to distinguish the style of one from that of the other.  The Elder was called the "Brown Horemans" and the Younger was called the "Lighter Horemans" to distinguish between their slightly darker and lighter palettes.
Our charming interior scene, A Family Celebration, records a celebratory gathering.  Around a central, linen-covered table spread with food and drink, are a group of merrymakers welcoming the recent birth of an infant, held in the arms of a woman whose back is to the viewer. The scene is interrupted by a gentleman visitor bearing gifts for the new family member.  The elegantly clad mistress of the household, who is seated at the table tending to a small child, turns to greet the newcomer.  At the same moment, around the table other vignettes are also taking place: a glass is raised for a toast, lovers kiss, and an elderly woman brings a glass to her lips.

This activity all takes place in front of a fireplace with a mantel dominated by the large fruit still life hung above it.  On the mantel are a mortar and pestle, a small ceramic vessel, and a single candlestick. as well as a napkin and a gentleman's hat.  Hung from the mantel is a textile, which matches those on the covered bed at the right of the room.   The green hue of these draperies is highlighted by the daylight entering the room through tall paned windows behind the toasting gentleman. The details on the table and mantle and the exquisitely rendered drapes and folds of the garments, which are in fact based on seventeenth century costumes, attest to the master's talent and indicate that he is at his best with our picture.

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