Lovers closely connected to each other painted in a kitchen interior surrounded by vegetables, salad, meat and fish, right beside is an open door which provides an insight into the next room – the artist was guided by the great Dutch paintings of the golden age, when art and culture of the country went through a period of prosperity in the 17th century.
The painting shows overall obvious craquelure and the varnish has been darkened. Small spots with material loss to the right of the rabbit and lower right.There are areas with scuffing due to the frame along the edges and small marks at the lower edge. The inspection under UV light reveals a few retouchings on the left margin and the middle of the image. On the reverse are four relined spots. The frame is in good condition with signs of wear and age.
Hubertus van Hove (1814-1864)
Hubertus van Hove was a Dutch painter and graphic artist of the 19th century and belonged to a famous family of painters. Van Hove was at first a pupil of his farther, Bartholomeus-Johannes van Hove (1790-1880), based in The Hague and well known as a famous figure in art. The young van Hove worked at the beginning in his hometown as well, around 1854 he went to Antwerp where he settled down. The oeuvre of the artist is represented by landscapes, townscapes, kitchen interiors, animal studies and scenic painting. Van Hove focused over the years on figured interior painting and was guided concerning subject and style by the tradition of the great Dutch paintings of 17th century, the time is regarded as period of prosperity. The artist created graphic work as well (lithographs and etchings): The 'Souvenir d'Amsterdam' belong to the range of townscapes on paper van Hove made based on his own designs. Works of the artist are in the collections of the following international known museums: Amsterdamer Museum, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Hamburger Kunsthalle as well as Puschkin Museum in Moskau. (msc)