OMMEGANCK Balthazar Paul
SHEPHERD AND SHEPHERDESS WITH THEIR FLOCK
Oil on panel: 53.5 x 77 cm / 21.1 x 30.3 ins
Signed lower middle
Painter of portraits, animals and landscapes.
Balthazar Paul Ommeganck frequented Joseph Anthonissen’s studio. He was elected Dean of the Saint-Luc Guild in 1789. He was appointed teacher at the Antwerp Academy in 1796. He considerably surpassed his first master. He painted landscapes with sheep or other animals, with much charm, surrounding them in mellow light. In 1814, he was sent to Paris by the Magistrate of Antwerp in order to recover numerous works of art stolen from Belgium between 1794 and 1795; in this, he had the help of Joseph Denis Odevaere, the King’s painter.
Antwerp 1755 - 1826
Antwerp - Bruges - Brussels - Leipzig - Le Puy-en-Velay - Liège - Lierre - Louvain - Verviers
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Belgian painters born between 1750 & 1875", Knokke 1981, p. 502-503.
P. & V. Berko, "Dictionary of Animal Painters; Belgian and Dutch artists born between 1750 & 1880", Knokke 1998, p. 378.