Jan Siberechts

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Siberechts, Jan


Baptized Jan. 29, 1627, in Antwerp; died 1703 (?) in London. Flemish painter.

Siberechts worked in Antwerp and in London (from 1672). In the 1660’s he abandoned his early idealized landscapes for realistic portrayals of Flemish scenery and of peasant life; his most typical works are forest scenes depicting fordings. His paintings, tranquil in composition and mood, are usually in cold silver-gray tones (for example, The Shepherdess, 1666, Hermitage, Leningrad). Siberechts’ works from his London period, which include views of castles, are more superficial than those painted in Antwerp.


Fokker, T. H. Jan Siberechts. Brussels-Paris, 1931.
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