Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870)

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The Market Stall

The Market Stall

Market Scene At Night

Market Scene At Night

Market Girls

Market Girls

Fruit Seller

Fruit Seller

Petrus van Schendel was a Netherlandish painter born in Belgium to a Dutch family. Van Schendel has been called “the master of light and atmosphere” by art critics, and his work was classical in nature, yet fresh in technique. He studied at the Antwerp Academy, where he studied under and worked there until 1928. That same year, he moved to Holland where he lived in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague before he finally settled in Brussels in 1845.

Girl, Head And Shoulders

Girl, Head And Shoulders

A Summer Evening By Candle And Moonliight

A Summer Evening By Candle And Moonliight

Fish Market

Fish Market

Van Schendel was a talented portrait painter, but is notable today for his stunning depictions of night time market scenes. These compositions are beautifully executed and employ candle light and shadow in a way that few other artists so successfully achieved. Van Schendel’s paintings almost seem to glow and come alive. He began these paintings once he settled in Brussels, and won a number of prizes for them, even winning a gold medal for his painting “A Moonlit Market.”

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A Moonlit Market Place

These night time market scenes were painted by torch, candle or moonlight, giving him extraordinary use of shadow. Not only did van Schendel use these techniques outside, but for interior scenes as well. These were usually created with oil on panel, as opposed to canvas.

Pheasant Vendor By Candlelight

Pheasant Vendor By Candlelight

Candle-Lit Interior

Candle-Lit Interior

Night Reading

Night Reading

He exhibited and traveled all over Europe, particularly in Brussels, Paris and at the Royal Academy in London. Today, his work is housed all over Europe, and perhaps in your own home. Still wondering about a Belgian night time scene in your family estate? Contact us…it could be by Petrus van Schendel.