DE BRAEKELEER Adrien
THE COURTEOUS MEETING
Oil on panel: 120,5 x 148 cm / 40.3 x 58.3 in
Signed and dated '1846' lower left; inscription 'terminé 1854'
Painter of genre scenes, interiors and animals.
Adrien de Braekeleer was born in Antwerp on March 1, 1818 and died in Borgerhout on April 5, 1904. He was the nephew and a 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 such as blacksmiths. He was influenced by the 17th century masters and Henry Leys.
Adrien De Braekeleer’s paintings are of the highest quality and are executed with delicacy.
Some of his works are exhibited at the Antwerp Fine Arts Museum, the Hamburg Kunsthalle, the Montreal 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.
P. & V. Berko, "19th Century European Virtuoso Painters", Knokke 2011, p. 498, illustration p. 443.