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Artus Wolfaerts

Belgium (1581 -  1641 )
WOLFAERTS Artus Saint Thomas

Palais Dorotheum
Dec 11, 2018
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Wolffert Artus

Wolffort Artus

 

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Artus Wolfaerts - The Four Elements

Artus Wolfaerts - The Four Elements

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Artus Wolffort (Antwerp 1581–1641) The Four Elements, oil on canvas, 158x200cm, framed Provenance: Private collection, Paris, until 2018 We are grateful to Hans Vlieghe and Jean-Pierre de Bruyn for confirming the attribution after inspection of the present painting in the original. Artus Wolffort, like Rubens before him, worked in the Antwerp studio of Otto van Veen. Each amplified the mild classicism of their tutor with pronounced dynamism and individuality. Wolffort\’s work demonstrates some of the monumental plasticity of Rubens\’s oeuvre in the decade following the master\’s return from Italy. Conversely, the younger painter\’s illusionistic rendering of hair and stiffer drapery, coupled with the particular muscularity and distinct gestures of figures that betray a closer affinity to Rubens\’s elder contemporary Abraham Janssens, constitute the artist\’s own discernible style (for comparison with Rubens see fig. 1). Rubens is known to have later enlisted Wolffort\’s help, among others, in his grandiose programme of decorative arches for the 1635 triumphal entry of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand, a visual record which survives in the engravings of the Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi (Antwerp, circa 1638). Hans Vlieghe and Jean-Pierre de Bruyn both identified the present painting as another autograph version by Wolffort of his larger canvas in the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (inv. no. 2223). Although that painting was previously given to two other associates of Rubens, Jan Boeckhorst (Münster 1604–1668 Antwerp) and Frans Snijders (Antwerp1579–1657), Vlieghe writes that he has been able to attribute that work to the painter Artus Wolffort on stylistic grounds (see H. Vlieghe, Zwischen Van Veen und Rubens: Artus Wolffort, ein vergessener Antwerpener Maler, in: Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, Westdeutsches Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, XXXIX, 1977, pp. 109, 111). Vlieghe writes: \‘The Four Elements are represented here by four nearly life-size figures, shown together and sitting around a brook. From left to right we successively see Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Fire is represented here by Vulcan with a burning torch or a big candle and a forge hammer. Air is visualised by a young naked man, probably representing the sun god Apollo. He is shown here sitting on clouds and having in his hands a bird of paradise and a stick from which dead birds hang. Water is represented by Neptune, shown here with his trident pouring out water and fishes into the brook. Earth finally appears as Ceres, the goddess of fertility, shown here with a cornucopia and a white rabbit, a very fertile animal. In both versions, the rendering of the figures is strikingly similar to that in other paintings by the same master, some of them also signed or monogrammed.\’ Specialist: Damian Brenninkmeyer
Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Thomas

Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Thomas

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Lot number: 71
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Artus Wolfaerts (Antwerp 1581-1641) Saint Thomas, inscribed at the lower edge, oil on canvas, 114x97cm, framed Provenance: Private collection, Belgium Another version of this composition was sold at Bonham\’s, London, 10 July 2002, lot 346. Artus Wolfaerts painted a series of apostles, all of which are inscribed and numbered on a cartouche (see H. Vlieghe, Zwischen van Veen und Rubens, Artus Wolffort, ein vergessener Antwerpener Maler, in: Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch, IX, 1977, pp. 93). Specialist: Damian Brenninkmeyer
Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Andrew

Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Andrew

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SAINT ANDREW Artus Wolffort ANTWERP 1581 - 1641 inscribed at lower edge in a trompe l'oeil stone cartouche: S. A[N]DREAS / ET IN IESVM CHRISTV[M] FILIV[M] EIVS VNICV[M], DOMINVM NOSTRV / II. oil on canvas 45 3/4 by 36 in.; 116.2 by 91.4 cm. Provenance Private collection, Paris, acquired in Spain, 1850; With Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York; Where acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Kay Kimbell; Acquired by the Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas, 1958; Their sale, New York, Sotheby's, 4 June 1987, lot 41; There purchased by a New Yorkprivate collector; By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 27 May 2004, lot 15; Where acquired by the present collector. Exhibited Fort Worth, Texas Christian University, on extended loan from the Kimbell Art Foundation, Spring 1958 - October 1968. Literature J. S. Thatcher, "The Paintings of Francisco de Herrera, the Elder," Art Bulletin, 1937, vol. XIX, p. 328 (as by Francesca de Herrera); J. S. Thatcher, Kimbell Art Museum: Catalogue of the Collection, 1972, pp. 48-49, reproduced (as by Herrera); J. S. Thatcher, Kimbell Art Museum:Handbook of the Collection, 1982, pp. 75, reproduced (as Flemish School, 17th century); H. Vlieghe, "Zwischen van Veen und Rubens: Artus Wolffort (1581 - 1641) ein vergessener Antwerpener Maler," in Walraff-Richartz-Jahrbuch, 1977, vol. XXXIX, p. 101,reproduced fig. 11; J. S. Held, "Noch Einmal Artus Wolffort," in Walraff-Richartz-Jahrbuch, 1981, Vol. XLII, pp. 143-146, reproduced; J. Vander Auwera, "Afgemeten, ingelijst en opgelijst. Kanttekeningen bij enkele aanvullingen op het oeuvre van Artus Wolfford (Antwerpen 1581-1641)," in Munuscula amicorum: contributions on Rubens and his colleagues in honour of Hans Vlieghe, Brepols 2006, pp. 600, 603, 610, note 25, and 611, note 47.
Artus Wolfaerts - Mary Magdalene Anointing Christ’’’’s

Artus Wolfaerts - Mary Magdalene Anointing Christ’’’’s

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Artus Wolfaerts
(Antwerp 1581–1641)

Mary Magdalene Anointing Christ\’\’\’\’s Feet in the House of Simon the Pharisee,

oil on canvas, 159 x 204.5 cm, framed

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Sale, Sotheby\’\’\’\’s, London, 4 November 2009, lot 56

The present painting is an important work by the Flemish painter Artus Wolfaerts. Having become a master of the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1616/17, he established one of the town\’\’\’\’s leading workshops. Wolfaerts painted religious subjects, including numerous altarpieces, as well as mythological scenes. In 1635 he contributed to the decoration of the \‘Pompa Introitus Ferdinandi\’\’\’\’ in Antwerp.
Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Jerome

Artus Wolfaerts - Saint Jerome

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Lot number: 786
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With J. Gans, The Hague, by 1939.

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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

Artus Wolffort

ANTWERP 1581 - 1641

SAINT JEROME

oil on panel

64.5 by 48.9 cm.; 25 3/8 by 19 1/4 in.

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The panel is cradled, and is slightly bent in the upper right corner. The lower right corner has a tiny chip. There is fantasic impasto intact on the white of his beard,on the feather, and the detail on his cuff. T There is a small vertical scatch of missing paint lower left, measuring 2 cm. There is fine craquelure in the darker pigments, and one small area upper right where the black is beginning to lift. Otherwise individual paint strokes are still visible and very energetic and raw, look for example on the frowned forehead and on the hands. There is an thin crack in the paint from the upper edge down the centre reaching to the tip of the saint's beard, and frame rubbing along the lower and right edges. Inspection under UV light reveals scattered old retouchings throughout, also a repair to the the thin aforementioned thin crack, and two small repairs: on the saint's shoulder and above his left eye. There are also repairs to the frame rubbing on the left and upper edges. This lot is offered in a gilt frame with ornate mouldings, in good condition.
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