Abraham van Cuylenborch was an admirer and almost certainly a pupil of Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/1595 – Utrecht – 1667), one of the most important Italianate painters in Holland in the 17th century, painters that aimed to learn from the great Italian Renaissance paintings. Van Poelenburch had lived and worked in Rome and Florence and had cofounded the ‘Bentvogels’, a club of Dutch painters in Italy. He and his pupils painted mostly small idyllic landscapes on copper or panel, with mythological or biblical scenes, very popular at the time. Few Dutch painters, with the exception of Rembrandt and Jan van Goyen had so many followers as Van Poelenburch. In Houbraken only four pupils are listed, but in later art-historical literature, a 17th century inventory is now known in which Abraham van Cuylenborch is mentioned as ‘een Disciepel van Poelenburch’ (see N.C. Sluijter-Seiffert, op.cit p. 444). Abraham van Cuylenborch counts as one of the most successful and important of his pupils, among painters like Daniel Vertangen, Dirck van der Lisse and Jan van Haensbergen.
– with Noortman Fine Art, Maastricht;
– Collection C.W. van Blijenburgh in 1986;
– thence by descent.
Literature for reference
– N.C. Sluijter-Seiffert, ‘The school of Cornelis van Poelenburch’, in: Ed. A. Golahny e.a., ‘In his milieu. Essays on Netherlandish art in memory of John Michael Montias’, Amsterdam 2006, p. 441-454.