Authors

Alexander van Bredael

Antwerp 1663 - Antwerp 1720 (?)

Alexander van Bredael was the third son of Peeter van Bredael (1629 - 1719). In 1685 he obtained a post as master in the St Lucas Guild in Antwerp. In this same year he married the daughter of Huibrecht Sporckmanns. His pupils included the painter Pieter Snyers, as well as Jan Baptist Govaerts. His pictorial work principally comprises rural festivals or scenes in the market or street. He likewise depicted official festivals and processions, following the practice of Denis van Alsloot (a.1570 - a.1628). He was both a landscape and character painter. He enjoyed painting rural festivals, harbour scenes, and lyrical landscapes with different types and characters, where the influence of David Teniers the Younger (1610 - 1690) is noticeable. Bredael was one of his most talented followers. The characters are always treated with subtlety in every-day scenes, showing a natural normality and in many cases joy.

Harbour Scene I

Harbour Scene I

Harbour Scene II

Harbour Scene II