Lost Breughel Masterpiece at Bonhams

Jan Brueghel the Younger. Garden of Eden. Oil on panel. 58.5 x 89.5 cm. Estimate £200,000 - 300,000.

A genuine work by famous Dutch artist Jan Brueghel the Younger (Antwerp1601 – 1678), is going on sale at Bonhams’ Old Master Paintings, which will take place at 101 New Bond Street in London on July 6. The painting «Garden of Eden» has been hidden for 150 years and was found not long ago at a Devon country house. The coming auction features selection of works by such world-renowned artists as Joseph Heintz the Younger, George Stubbs and Spinello Aretino – a showcase of some of the best of Dutch, British and Italian art available on the market today.

Though having hung in the Devon country house for the last 150 years, the composition proved not
only to be a genuine Brueghel, but also to be in outstanding condition. It has been authenticated by Dr. Klaus Ertz, the recognised authority on Brueghel family. Brueghel is known to have produced several versions, the earliest of which was painted around 1620 and is exhibited now in the Szepmüveszeti Museum in Budapest. Other examples are on display at the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

«Garden of Eden» subject was popular among artists from the 16th and 17th centuries. This plot allowed Brueghel to display his interest in the exotic beauty of the natural world, and his «lifelike» depiction of the «animal park» signals the birth of a whole new genre for easel painting. The painting is expected to fetch £200,000 – 300,000.

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