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Worked in Antwerp and 1672 in London. From the early idealized landscapes S. passed in the 1660s to a realistic transfer of the Flemish nature and peasant life; especially characteristic forest species with the image of fording. Calm in composition and mood of the works of S. usually performed in the cold silver-gray tones ("Cowgirl", 1666, Hermitage, Leningrad).

The son of the sculptor J. Siberechts. Worked in Antwerp, 1648-1649 became a master in 1650, apparently, visited Italy in 1672 moved to London. The work of Siberechts falls mainly on the 2nd floor. XVII century, a time of artistic decline, the art of Flanders, the degeneration of his images and imitation of foreign designs; completing the national line in Flemish painting, Siberechts written in the dry and cold silvery picturesque manner, repeatedly varying the same theme, rural landscapes with scenes of peasant life, agriculture farms and Inns (farm Yard, 1660; Farm, 1664, both of Brussels, Royal museums of fine arts), a rustic peasant, guarding the flock (Shepherd, 1666, Saint Petersburg, GOS. The Hermitage), the relaxed tourists on the side of the road (Landscape with sleeping peasants, about 1667, Munich, Alte Pinakothek), Brody shaded forest streams, through which, podotknul skirts, women, peasants driven herd, moving carts (Ford, 1669, Moscow, GOS. Museum of fine arts. A. S. Pushkin; Brod, about 1672, Budapest, Museum of fine arts). Carefully executed paintings of Siberechts with their quiet and diffused light, in contrast to the works of contemporary Flemish painters who created the fictional, purely decorative landscapes facing the real image of nature of his native country.

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