Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot (Dutch, 1586-1666) oil painting. Village Kermesse with figures in a festive village town square by Dutch Golden Age painter Joost Cornelis Droochsloot. The 17th century Dutch townscape depicts a bustling village street scene with festival celebration. Joost C. Droochsloot, a highly respected citizen of Utrecht, Holland was born and died in the historic and cultural city of the Netherlands. An old engraved metal name plate label attached to the frame reads; Joost Cornelis Droochsloot 1586-1666. The painting retains an old paper label (possibly from a gallery or auction catalog ) affixed to the upper right back. The remaining partial French text on the label translates to; Droogsloot --- group of peasants and children to drink and to make good --- ---? Below the French text, a line in old German text translates to; A --- peasants with women and children just before --- Dorffchente. Under high magnification, there appears to be a barely legible monogram on one of the logs in the foreground above the metal name plate. Oil on wood panel, cradled oak back. Good condition, extensive inpainting in sky, discolored varnish on the village scene. Painting measures 30 inches high x 43.4 inches wide. Antique gilt wood frame measures 37 inches high x 50.5 inches wide.
From Askart: Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot was a Dutch painter of genre pictures, village scenes, moral allegories and biblical stories. He was active in Utrecht from 1616 to 1660 and admitted to the Artists' Guild of St Luke in 1616 at the age of 40. He was the Guild's dean from 1623 to 1624.
His early works reflects the influence of Esaias van de Velde, Pieter Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel the Younger and the Flemish David Vinckboons. He continued the tradition of Flemish landscape painting. He usually shows a broad village street leading into the distance, with houses on both sides. Village activity is depicted with numerous, rather coarse peasant figures, and a moral note is often struck : people nursing the sick or feeding the poor. He generally uses trees with and without leaves in a schematic pattern. His figures are dispersed somewhat at random, the coloration is as a rule reddish-brown. He was the teacher of his son, Cornelis Droochsloot (1630-1673), and Jacob Duck (1600-1660).