Philippe-Jacques Van Bree (Belgian, 1786-1871)
A reclining beauty
Signed, inscribed and dated ‘P. Van Bree/ Roma 68’ (upper right)
Oil on canvas
30.3/8 x 37.1/4in. (77.2 x 94.6cm.) (excluding frame)
40 x 49.3/4in. (102 x 126.3cm.) (including frame)
Condition: Oil on canvas, not relined. Cracquelure, mainly in the darker upper half. Evidence of repair lower right. Overall in good condition. In a grand gilded composite frame.
Van Bree was a Belgian painter and scholar born in Antwerp in 1786. He studied in Paris as a scholar of Ann-Louis Girodot (himself a pupil of Davide) . In many works such as this there is a very strong link to neoclassical traditions many of which seem to stem from his time in Rome where he had a studio, this may well be from that period in the 1830’s. Some works from this period have made very large figures. From the same genre works of a similar size can realise towards £60,000 at auction alone.