Meganck was born in Brussels and studied painting here before leaving for Ghent, where he was active in the 1660s. From 1670 until his death in 1690 he lived and worked in Vienna.
There are some landscapes know by our painter, but his still lifes are extremely rare: I know of only two others.
About Renier Meganck
Brussels 1637 – 1690 Vienna
Rare painter of landscapes and of still lifes.
His last name is sometimes spelt “Megan”.
Pupil in Brussels in 1656 of Leo van Heil II (1605-1664), who was active as an architect, painter and miniature painter (flowers and insects); he was the brother of the better-known painter Daniel van Heil. Leo II van Heil designed the Brigittines chapel and the tower of the Saint Nicholas church, both in Brussels.
Our painter was between 1661 and 1669 member of the Painter’s Guild of Ghent.
Meganck moved to Vienna in 1670. At his arrival he probably joined the workshop of Frans van der Steen, who died already in 1671. Meganck remained in Vienna for the next twenty years until his death in 1690. He became active here as a court painter.
Karl Eusebius, second Prince of Liechtenstein, was an important patron of Meganck: he sold to the prince not only his own paintings (for example in 1679), but also works of other artists, especially of Hans de Jode (1630 – before 1682). The prince was the founder of the famous Liechtenstein collection.
Landscapes by Meganck can be found in Austrian museums, such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna (a pair), the Liechtenstein Collection in Vienna (three) and the Harrach Collection in Schloss Rohrau.
The Archbishop’s castle in Kromeriz in the Czech Republic (not far from Brno) holds a set of nine lunette-shaped landscapes by Meganck.
About our painting
I know of only two other still lifes by Meganck:
- a signed still life with dead birds, sold at Christie’s in 1936;
- a signed Vanitas still life from 1664, sold at Sotheby’s Amsterdam in 1985, of which I did not find a photograph.
Why should you buy this painting?
Because it is a nice, fully signed and still cheap still life by a rare painter.