Currently on loan at The getty museum, los angeles

Jan Davidsz. de Heem
(Utrecht 1606 – 1684 Antwerp)
A Banquet Still Life
oil on canvas

139.2 x 115.1 cm. (54.8 x 45.3 in.)
mid 1660s

The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce the long-term loan of A Banquet Still Life by Jan Davidsz. de Heem to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

De Heem painted this opulent piece when he settled back in Utrecht in the mid-1660s, after living in Antwerp for 25 years. It was at this time that he moved away from the looser Flemish Baroque style to a more polished technique with a greater affinity for detail, as demonstrated here. De Heem flaunts his technical virtuosity on a grand scale, elaborately depicting a contrasting play of textures, surfaces and colours, making this one of his finest and most important still lifes. Due to its considerable history and restitution provenance, the painting was on loan to the Centraal Museum in Utrecht for nearly 70 years, which makes it one of the most extensively researched and published still lifes by this master, featuring in twelve international exhibitions. With this long-term loan to the Getty Museum, The Klesch Collection is honoured to add to the painting’s rich history of being on public display.

Currently on loan at The rubens house, Antwerp

Rubens - Portrait of a young woman

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
(Siegen 1577 – Antwerp 1640)
Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding A Chain
oil on canvas

85.5 x 66 cm. (33 3/4 x 26 in.)
c. 1603-1606

The Klesch Collection is honoured to have this early portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens on view in The Rubens House in Antwerp on a long-term loan.

This unique portrait by the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque, conceived with all the assured fluidity of Rubens’ hand, is testament to his masterful control of the paintbrush. Alongside the dazzling painterly strokes made to convey the cuff and ruff collar, the sitter’s face and hands are finished to a high degree, capturing the young woman’s youth and the intensity of her gaze.

Below Ben van Beneden, former Director of the Rubenshouse, tells us about this painting and Rubens’ transformative time in Italy.