Portrait of Adriaen van Stalbemt, Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), oil on panel, 7.75 × 6.5 in (19.7 × 16.5 cm), Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Like Gillis van Coninxloo (1544 – 1607) and David Vinckboons (1576 – 1632), Flemish Baroque painter Adriaen van Stalbemt (1580 – 1662) invented dark natural structures that add a psychological weight to his paintings. Sunlight might here and there pierce the shadowy edifices or make visible a nearby village, but the action was almost always in the woods.
Adriaen van Stalbemt, Mountainous landscape, oil on panel, 29.5 × w 47 cm (11.6 x 18.5 in), 1600 – 1640, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Adriaen van Stalbemt, Christ preaching at the Sea of Galilee, oil on panel, 52.7 × 84.6 cm (20.7 × 33.3 in), early to mid 1600’s?, private collection
Adriaen van Stalbemt, Landscape with Fables, oil on panel, 129 x 169 cm (50.8 x 66.5 in), 1620, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp
Van Stalbemt lived in Antwerp, London, and Middleburg and was a well-liked painter during his long career. By some accounts he was still painting until close to the time of his death at eighty-two.