Aix-la-Chapelle Buys a Last Judgement by Nicolas Pickenoy

Nicolas Eliasz, known as Pickenoy (1588-1654/1656)
Last Judgement
Oil on canvas - 103 x 102.5 cm
Aix-la-Chapelle, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum
Photo : Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum

4/3/14 - Acquisition - Aix-la-Chapelle, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum - In 2008, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Pau acquired a beautiful painting by Nicolas Pickenoy representing The Last Judgement (see news item of 13/10/08). At the time we wrote that there were only three known history paintings by this Dutch artist born in Antwerp, a portrait specialist : a Paris and Oenone (on the art market in 1991), a Christ and the Adulterous Woman, residing at the Municipal museum in Utrecht and then a Last Judgement, or rather several Last Judgements as there are at least four versions of this painting.

Besides those in Pau and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Cadiz and one whose whereabouts are unknown, we reproduced in the above mentioned news item a fourth work, presented by Jack Kilgore at the Tefaf in Maastricht in 2008 after being auctioned as belonging to the "circle of Louis Finson" at Sotheby’s London on 26 April 2007. This is the canvas (ill.) recently acquired by the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum at Aix-la-Chapelle in Germany from the Bob Haboldt Gallery.

To be more precise, if comparing each of the paintings, it is obvious that although they appear to be very similar, they reflect in fact two rather different prototypes in the placement of the various figures, both the damned and the chosen. While the painting from Cadiz is more or less identical to the one with unknown whereabouts, the work acquired by Aix-la-Chapelle is almost the same (and of equivalent size) as the one which joined the Pau collections some time ago [1]

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Didier Rykner, mardi 4 mars 2014


[1] Jacques Leegenhoek, after reading this article, pointed out that the cleaning of the painting acquired by Pau (which is on wood, unlike the one from Aix-la-Chapelle) unveiled the monogram NEP.

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