Petrus van Schendel artwork • painting • previously for sale Vegetable seller by candle light
Petrus van Schendel
Terheijden 1806-1870 Brussel
Vegetable seller by candle light
oil on panel 19.4 x 16.5 cm, signed u.r. and on the reverse and dated u.r. and on the reverse 1842
This painting was previously for sale.
Belgian-Dutch painter Petrus van Schendel achieved great renown with his moonlit landscapes and night market scenes, which featured candles and open fires as the only light sources. The genre was a response to romantic collectors’ fascination for darkness and the mysterious forces of nature. People were so amazed by his candlelit scenes that they earned him the nickname of ‘Monsieur Chandelle’ in France. Van Schendel also painted biblical scenes, as well as several portraits.