Abraham Govaerts Wooded Landscape with Hunters and Fortune Teller
On a sandy path, some walkers are standing chatting in the sunshine. The path forks to the right into the dark oak forest and to the left towards some houses. Through the silhouette of the fallen tree and the light in the distance, Govaerts created a lot of depth in the landscape.
The Antwerp painter Abraham Govaerts specialised in landscapes and was probably a pupil of Jan Brueghel I.
lower centre: AGOVAERTS / .1.6.12. AG and VAE in ligature
on the verso: RB unidentified panel-maker's mark: a large 'R' with a smaller 'B' between the legs
Princess Albertine Agnes of Orange-Nassau, Leeuwarden, 1681; Oranienstein Palace, Diez, 1726; by inheritance to Prince William V, The Hague, until 1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822