Casestudy Jacob van Oost I

Jacob van Oost I (1603-1671) is a Bruges painter and draftsman. Van Oost is viewed as the most important 17th-century painter from Bruges. He makes portraits for the Bruges bourgeois and history paintings, but is primarily known for the altarpieces that he makes in the spirit of the Counter Reformation. Many of his altarpieces can be admired in Bruges. He also made copies after Van Dyck and Rubens.

The casestudy (held in the Keizerskapel in Antwerp) deals with two portraits by van Oost: the portraits of Everard Tristram and his wife Wilhelmine Bezoete (1646). Both paintings are recorded whereabouts unknown in literature. They were exhibited in 1867 in Bruges; sold at Giroux in Brussels (1927) and finally entered the Ivan Krenger gallery in Stockholm (1932). They reappeared only recently in Belgium.

Both are in perfect condition and will be presented for the first time on a public show since 1867 in the Keizerskapel in Antwerp. They represent a couple identified thanks to the armorial bearings as Everard Tristram and his wife Wilhelmine Bezoete. Everard Tristram was born in 1592 and married Wilhelmine Bezoete (also born 1592) in 1617. They had four children. Tristram passed away in 1677, only a few months after his wife.

Jean Luc Meulemeester points out that the author, Jacob van Oost I, made a further step in the evolution of his portrait-oeuvre with these high-quality pendants. Certainly captivating is the yellowish background in contrast with the black costumes. Captivating also are the beautifully rendered tapestries/carpets.


When: 8 September-27 October 2013
Where: Keizerskapel

Keizerstraat 21-23

The exhibition is open in weekends 1.00 - 6.00 p.m.