About Elisabeth Seldron
Born circa 1675 – 1761 Brussels
Painter of animated landscapes: multi-figured scenes of village life such as country fairs, markets and outdoor stage performances.
Also known as Elisabeth Celdrin.
Wife of the Brussels sculptor Nicolas Simons.
There is very little information about Seldron’s life.
She was active in Brussels between 1702 and 1761.
In 1702 Seldron became member of the Painter's Guild of Saint Luke in Brussels.
In 1735 she became court painter of Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (Linz 1680 – 1741 Morlanwelz).
The historical background of the 18th century in Flanders
Flanders belonged since 1556 to the Spanish Habsburg empire. After the last Spanish Habsburg king, Charles II, died childless in 1700, both the French Bourbons and the Austrian Habsburgs claimed the throne. When Spain fell into French hands many European states were afraid that King Louis XIV of France would become too powerful. This lead to
the War of the Spanish Succession (1701 – 1714) which was fought in Southern and Central Europe. The War opposed France, Spain and Bavaria against Austria, the Dutch Republic, Great Britain, Prussia, Savoy and Portugal.
The outcome of several peace treaties was that Spain became independent again, loosing Flanders and most of its territories in Italy to the Austrian Habsburg.
Flanders remained Austrian from 1715 until 1795. It served as a buffer between France and the Dutch Republic.
Archduchess Maria Elisabeth was the governor of the Austrian Netherlands (present-day Belgium without the Prince-Bishopric of Liège and the greater Luxemburg) between 1725 and 1741.
She was the daughter of Emperor Leopold I and the sister of Emperor Charles VI. She was a popular regent who suddenly died at the age of 61 in her palace of Mariemont in Morlanwelz.
About the followers of Jan Brueghel I
During the late 17th century and the first half of the 18th century there was a revival of the elder style of landscape painting.
Inspired by Jan Brueghel the Elder (Brussels 1568 – 1625 Antwerp) younger generations of Flemish painters respectfully painted very attractive landscapes with peasant scenes in fresh colours. Typical of all of them is a bucolic sense of happiness, of “joie de vivre”, with small figures in anecdotally detailed poses set against a backdrop of a pleasing landscape or of some buildings.
Best known are:
His son Jan Brueghel II (Antwerp 1601 – 1678 Antwerp)
Isaac van Oosten (Antwerp 1613 – 1661 Antwerp)
Pieter Gysels (Antwerp 1621 – 1690 Antwerp),
Adriaen Frans Boudewijns (Brussels 1644 – 1711 Brussels)
Peter Bout (Brussels 1658 or earlier – 1719 Brussels)
Matthijs Schoevaerdts (Brussels? Circa 1660/65 – 1702/12 Brussels?)
Our Elisabeth Seldron (Born circa 1675 – 1761 Brussels)
Theobald Michau (Tournai 1676 – 1765 Antwerp)
Joseph van Bredael (Antwerp 1688 – 1739 Paris)
Carel Beschey (Antwerp 1706 – 1776? Antwerp?)
Balthasar Beschey (Antwerp 1708 – 1776 Antwerp).
Why should you buy this pair of paintings?
Because they are such a decorative, happy scenes.