Landscape in the Neighbourhood of Brussels, Jan Baptiste de Jonghe and Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven

Landscape in the Neighbourhood of Brussels by Jan Baptiste de Jonghe and Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven

Jan Baptiste de Jonghe
born Kortrijk, Belgium, 1785; died Brussels, Belgium, 1844
Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven
born Warneton, Belgium, 1798; died Brussels, Belgium, 1881
Landscape in the Neighbourhood of Brussels
date unknown
oil on canvas
72.4 X 87.6 cm
© Government of Ontario Art Collection, Archives of Ontario

Two artists collaborating on one painting is unusual in Western historical art, but occurred frequently in Flemish painting, where specialization was common in many forms of artistic production.  Typically, one artist would paint the landscape, and the other added the figures and animals.  In this work, de Jonghe painted the landscape.  De Jonghe’s style differed from earlier works in this genre in the meticulousness of the detail; earlier Flemish landscape painters had been much more general in their treatment of trees and foliage.  Verboeckhoven, a noted animal artist of the period, contributed the animals and figures in this painting.  Ryerson purchased this work in Antwerp in 1855.