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Jacques Fouquiers, Baptism of Christ

Jacques Fouquier, also known as Jacques Fouquières or Jacob Focquier (c. 1590/91 – 1655), was a prominent Flemish landscape painter. After honing his skills in Antwerp, Fouquier’s career took him to various locations, where he often served as a court painter, including for the French kings. His work, celebrated during his lifetime and even likened to the ‘Flemish Titian’, gained widespread recognition, although only a few of his paintings survive today. These works were influential and extensively reproduced by contemporary engravers of his time.

Fouquier’s journey in art began with his registration as a master painter in the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke in 1614. While his apprenticeship records are not definitive, stylistic analysis suggests that he may have trained under notable painters such as Joos de Momper and Jan Brueghel the Elder. Fouquier’s work in the period between 1616 and 1619 at the court of Frederick V, the Elector Palatine, in Heidelberg, is particularly noteworthy. He was responsible for the decorative program for the new ‘Englischer Bau’ of Heidelberg Castle and painted a view of the Hortus Palatinus and Heidelberg Castle during this time.

By 1621, Fouquier had established himself in Paris, becoming a court painter to King Louis XIII and later being elevated to the peerage in 1626. His artistic journey took him through various French cities for commissions, including the Grande Galerie of the Louvre palace. Despite his success, Fouquier’s life ended in relative obscurity, passing away in 1655 in Paris with meager possessions.

Fouquier specialized in landscape painting and drawing, with a style influenced by the Northern tradition prevalent in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. His works exhibited characteristics of the ‘world landscape’ tradition, showing sweeping views with craggy rocks and a blue-greenish palette, influenced by the likes of de Momper and Brueghel the Elder, as well as Dutch painters like Adriaen van de Venne and Hendrick Avercamp. This influence is evident in his known paintings, such as the “Winter Landscape” of 1617 and “Landscape with Hunters” from 1620.

Exhibited:

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Bibliography:

  1. Wikipedia. “Jacques Fouquier.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Fouquier.
  2. Guild of St. Luke Records. “Jacques Foucque Master Registration.” Guild of St. Luke, Antwerp. Original record date: 1614.
  3. De Momper, Joos and Jan Brueghel the Elder. “Influences on Jacques Fouquier.” Analysis of stylistic influences.
  4. Frederick V, the Elector Palatine. “Commission Records.” Heidelberg Court Records, 1616-1619.
  5. King Louis XIII of France. “Court Painter Records.” French Royal Court Archives, Paris, 1621-1655.
  6. Fitzwilliam Museum. “Winter Landscape by Jacques Fouquier.” Painting Records, Cambridge, 1617.
  7. Musée d’Arts de Nantes. “Landscape with Hunters by Jacques Fouquier.” Painting Records, Nantes, 1620.

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  • Height: 119 cm (47 inches)
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