Louis de Caullery

Cambrai 1575 - Antwerp 1621

Probably originally from Caullery, an area near Cambrai, Louis de Caullery settled in Antwerp in 1594 and joined Joos de Momper. He was admitted into the of St Lucas Guild in 1602. He visited Italy, from where he took many of the colours used in his paintings, colours that were uncommon in Flemish painting. He is known for his genre paintings with charming, allegorical and mythological scenes, as well as his characteristic works with city views and architectural backgrounds and people from all social classes seen at carnivals and parties. Until recently, he hadn’t been identified as a painter of religious subjects, as his paintings had been confused with those of Frans Francken II, who shared many of his attributes. His paintings are very elegant, smoother and more transparent than the norm. The typical features of this painter’s work are his beige and lead grey background tones, which enhance the reds, pinks, yellows, and Verona greens of the clothing and the light hues he applies both in the illuminated areas and in the shadows. His characters are usually very simple, with smooth rounded faces. He shares some characteristics with other painters of the time, such as Adrien van Stalbemt.

The adoration of the Shepherds

The Adoration of the Shepherds