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Landscape with a rainbow

Painting, 1638, 181×384 cm

Description of the artwork «Landscape with a rainbow»

Rubens as if denied a long time to write personal and intimate, to write his pleasure, with no thought of recognition and money. He worked like a man possessed over the fact that I ordered more. In the period of deafening glory and an inexhaustible flow of large-scale orders, the landscape was interested in Rubens only as sets for popular mythological and religious subjects. He quietly gave this part of the work to pupils, leaving the basic sketches of characters and the final touches to the painting. At the same time for gambling and collector of Rubens landscape was a personal passion in his personal collection of works of this genre was much more than genre paintings.

In the last 10 years of his life Peter Paul allows himself to be happy, loving, independent, peaceful and sentimental. At the same time the landscape of the minor and auxiliary of the genre becomes an important and independent. The artist meditates on his own happiness, devoting himself to the painting which gives him pleasure.

During these years, Rubens buys a country house between Brussels and Antwerp, the Steen, often went there for a long time and lives with his family. Diplomatic mission, travel across Europe in pursuit of masterpieces and antique cameos, working four-year journey from Antwerp to Paris Antwerp, Spain, Italy – all long gone. Peter Paul more in a hurry. The artist of 58 and he is at home. Workshop in the castle are much more modest Antwerp his "art factory", it is difficult to hold a brush because of illness, but only now he discovered nature as an independent model, and only now he writes her with an inspiration.

It absolutely does not mean that he went out into the fields and painted from nature – he has little interest in Botanical accuracy or atmospheric paintings. The nature of Rubens has no relation to the real Flemish landscape, it always works, subordinates first of all a picturesque, purpose, and feeling. It's not the sky over the castle Wall and the sky in General, all those thousands of sunrises, sunsets, shades of the midday heat, which the artist had to admire in my entire life in different parts of Europe. Rubens not worried about the momentary state of nature – his landscapes are harvested in the space of all miracles and phenomena occurring on the earth at different times: rainbow, storm, and light winds. His landscapes are timeless and at any time.

"Landscape with rainbow" Rubens writes in continuation of other work – "The view of the castle Walls early in the morning". If it were possible to take from the collection of Wallace one picture and from the National gallery of London, the second was to connect two of these species, it would be a large-scale panorama in the spirit of modern photo tricks. Peter Paul as if it could not stop: it begins with three small boards, shot down between himself and continually adding to them the continuation. So it turns out that "the View of the castle Walls" composed of 17 hardwood slats that were added to the original miniature. And then the second part, "Landscape with rainbow", is almost the same size. The world of Rubens no longer fits within a single Board.

Catalogue of paintings by Flemish still not described in detail, there are 3 thousands of paintings, but only about two dozen landscapes. In this case John Constable argued that these two works best, wrote to Rubens in all his life.

Author: Anna Sidelnikova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Landscape

Style of art: Baroque

Technique: Oil

Materials: Wood

Date of creation: 1638

Size: 181×384 cm

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