BRAEKELEER Adrien (De)
PREPARING THE MEAL
Oil on panel: 58 x 47.5 cm / 22.8 x 18.7 in
Signed and dated '1859' lower left
Painter of genre scenes, interiors and animals.
Adrien de Braekeleer was born in Antwerp on the 1st of March 1818 and died in Borgerhout on the 5th of April 1904. Nephew and pupil of Ferdinand De Braekeleer. His brother Jacques was a sculptor. In 1874 he exhibited at the Ghent Salon; he was also a regular participant at the Antwerp Salon. From 1849 to 1891 he mainly painted kitchen scenes and other preferred subjects like blacksmiths. He was influenced by the masters of the XVIIth century and Henry Leys. His pictures are of the highest quality and are painted with delicacy.
Some of his works are exhibited at the Antwerp Fine Arts Museum, the Hamburg Kunsthalle, the Montréal Fine Arts Museum, the Rennes Fine Arts Museum and the Stuttgart Staatsgalerie. The New Zealand Museum possesses his ‘Interior Study, 1852’.
Antwerp 1818 - Borgerhout 1904
Antwerp - Hamburg - Lierre - Montreal - Rennes - Stuttgart
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 151, colour illustration p. 23.