I was stunned by this artist's ability to capture light, both on the young woman's face and the diffused light of the misty moonlit scene. I had not heard of him before, but discovered he was famous for precisely this effect.
Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870), Dutch Romantic painter, etcher and draughtsman. Van Schendel specialised in nocturnal Dutch market scenes, exploring the effects the soft light had upon his subjects, as a result he was named Monsieur Chandelle by the French... Petrus van Schendel also had an important precedent within the art of the Low Countries, Rembrandt van Rijn’s masterpiece The Nightwatch.Twenty-five of his paintings are assembled at Wikigallery.
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