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Tenant Farm in the Snow, ca. 1907

  • canvas, oil paint
  • 65.9 x 75.8 cm
  • Inv. 2016-OM

Public Domain

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Tenant Farm in the Snow is considered a key work in Valerius De Saedeleer’s oeuvre. While the winter landscape and the scene of the figures trudging through the snow is somewhat reminiscent of Peter Bruegel the Elder’s painting Hunters in the snow (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), the mood of De Saedeleer’s is completely different. The main theme of this oppressive scene of two poor souls making their way to their humble abode is one of gloom and even despair. Bruegel’s attention to detail even inspired De Saedeleer to develop his trademark, namely the branch structure of leafless trees, which is painstakingly drawn, like lacework or calligraphy against the ominous winter sky.


Valerius De Saedeleer RKD
Aalst 1867 - Leupegem 1941 - 1942
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Title Tenant Farm in the Snow
Date ca. 1907
Period 20th century
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right: Valerius De Saedeleer
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 2016-OM
Acquisition credit bequest
De Blieck, Jozef & Fernand
Current whereabouts Work on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2016-OM
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/107/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 21D2 ice ~ state of water Iconclass
22 natural phenomena Iconclass
23D41 winter, 'Hyems'; 'Inverno' (Ripa) Iconclass
300015636 landscapes AAT
23E41 winter ~ human activities (the four seasons of the year) Iconclass
23F41 winter landscape; landscape symbolizing winter (the four seasons of the year) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H21 water course Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25H217 river bank Iconclass
25I3 farm or solitary house in landscape Iconclass
26A clouds Iconclass
26D frost, freezing weather Iconclass
26D1 snow Iconclass
26D4 ice ~ freezing weather Iconclass
26D5 severe winters Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D12 youth, young man, adolescent Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
31D17 old woman Iconclass
41A17 farm (building) Iconclass
41A776 container of leather: leather bag Iconclass
46A222 rural life Iconclass
46C11 road, path Iconclass
61D(BELGIUM) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (BELGIUM) Iconclass
61D(LYS) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (LYS) Iconclass
61E(LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) names of cities and villages (LAETHEM-SAINT-MARTIN) Iconclass
Verwantschap & Eigenheid : Belgische en Nederlandse kunst 1890-1945 (tentoonstelling Gent, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 3.3 - 16.6.2002) / Marc Lambrechts, Piet Boyens, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, John Steen. - Gent : Tijdsbeeld, 2002 ; Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2002 (p. 233 (ill.))
Symbolisme in Vlaanderen : De eerste generatie kunstenaars in Sint-Martens-Latem (tentoonstelling 's-Hertogenbosch, Het Noordbrabants Museum, 10.07 - 09.10.2022) / Piet Boyens, Helewise Berger. - Zwolle : WBOOKS, 2022 ; 's-Hertogenbosch : Het Noordbrabants Museum, 2022 (p. 49)
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