Children out and about and having fun in 19th century Belgium. One of these being indoors. Basile de Loose, Belgian artist. Living from 1809 to 1885, he was the son of a painter. Studied with his father, Mathieu Van Bree and at the Antwerp Academy.

“De Friture Belge.” ca. 1872. Signed on the lower right. Image © 2000-2021 askART. Fair use license. via https://www.askart.com/Auction_Records/Basile_de_Loose/11083235/Basile_de_Loose.aspx?lot=1541966
“Between Two Classes.” 19th c. before 1885. In the public domain due to age. via https://iamachild.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/basile-de-loose-1809-1885-belgian/
Boy with hoop. 19th c. before 1885. Signed on the lower right. In the public domain due to age. via https://iamachild.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/basile-de-loose-1809-1885-belgian/

Make your bathroom look like the South Seas wherever you are. Javanese flora, taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Caladium bicolor. vent. Tallas Sabrang.” Page 48. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/48/mode/1up
Stercula Nobilis. Smith. Hantap. Page 55. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/56/mode/1up
Otophora Alata. BL. Pisang Tjina.” Page 60, Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/60/mode/1up

Ostensoir. These are used in the worship tradition of several Christian churches. Here because I think the different ways the rays are modeled is interesting. One that is 19th century and the others are brand new.

Grand ostensoir decorated with vines, ears of white and cherubs. Crowned with a crown which forms a canopy above a representation of God the Father who is surrounded by a cloud with the rays of the sun in gilded bronze. From the treasure of the Capuchin friars of Bruges. mid19th c. Belgian. Sterling silver and vermeil. Image © Ian Panné and proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/display.php?mode=obj&id=738039

Ostensoir in gilded bronze and sterling silver. 2021. Image © Michel Finet. Fair use license. via https://www.michel-finet.com/ostensoir/855-ostensoir.html

Ostensoir. 2021. Image © Louis-Guillaume Piéchaud. Fair use license. via http://www.piechaud-orfevre.fr/orfevrerie-liturgique/

Javanese flowers to make your hallway look like the tsarina’s winter garden. Taken from the third edition of Madame Berthe Holla van Nooten’s 1880 work “Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisies de l’Ile de Java peints d’après nature”. Printed in Brussels by Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt. Chromolithography by P. Depannemaeker.

Amherstia nobilis wall.” Page 20. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/20/mode/2up
Elettaria speciosa.” Page 36. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/36/mode/2up
Nephelium lappaceum.” Page 40. Collections of and digitalized by the Peter H. Raven Library, Missouri Botanical Garden. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/9710#page/40/mode/2up

Quiet paintings of trees and water with a few people. Perfect as the afternoon winds down. Belgian. Louis Pulinckx, landscape artist. Born in 1843 and living until 1910, Pulinckx was born in Antwerp and studied art in Paris under the Barbizon painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Exhibited at the 1875 Exposition générale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles.

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View on the Schledt.” 1875. Belgian. Oil on canvas. Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Fair use license. via https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view-on-the-scheldt-32175

“The Peaceful Valley.” Undated. Oil on canvas. Image source; Sotheby’s. Image © 1986-2020 Invaluable, LLC. Fair use license. via https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/louis-pulinckx-the-peaceful-valley-14-c-1b74368b0c#

“Paysage à la rivière
.” 19th c. Belgian. Oil on canvas. Image ©2020 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/louis-pulinckx/paysage-%C3%A0-la-rivi%C3%A8re-BzNGiH0CzIwo1ecmm3HXeQ2

Landscapes with sheep here and there from just a little while ago. Belgian. Frans Van Severdonck, painter. Living from 1809 to 1889, he mostly painted landscapes inhabited by poultry, cows and sheep.

“Sheep and Lambs in a Landscape.” 1886. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “Fr. Van Sverdonck f. 1886” in the lower corner. Identified and signed “Francois Van Severdonck” in an inscription on the reverse. Image © 1999 – 2020 SKINNER, INC. Fair use license. via https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/3455B/lots/29
“Landscape with sheep.” 1865. Oil on panel. Signed and dated `1865 on the lower left. Image © Simonis & Buunk Art Gallery. Fair use license. via https://www.simonis-buunk.com/art/severdonck-f-van/18292/
Sheep scene. Undated. Oil on board. Faintly signed on the lower right. Image © 2020 Cottone Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.cottoneauctions.com/lots/2489/frans-van-severdonck-1809-1889-sheep-scene

Fantasy architecture with fantasy people, one with Saint Peter. Baroque. Hendrik van Steenwijk II, painter (ca. 1580-1640). Born in Antwerp he died in the Netherlands spending time in London and Frankfurt in the course of his career. Mostly painting architectural interiors he also painted Biblical scenes and still lifes.

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“The Liberation of Saint Peter from prison.” 1618. Oil on panel. Signed and dated “H.V.STEENWYCK.1618” on the step on the lower left. Image © CHRISTIE’S 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/hendrick-van-steenwijk-ii-frankfurt-am-4892878-details.aspx

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Palace interior. 1611. In the public domain due to age. via https://reproarte.com/en/choice-of-topics/technique/oil-paint-on-canvas-paper-cardboard/palace-interior-detail

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“Interior of a Gothic Church.” 1610. Collections of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist died over 100 years ago. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendrik_van_Steenwijk_II_Interior_of_a_Gothic_Church.jpg

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“Interior of a Gothic Church.” ca. 1610s. Collections of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hendrik_van_Steenwijk_II_Interior_of_a_Gothic_Church2.jpg

Paintings of sheep and their friends from a little while back when animal art was all the rage. Belgian. Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven, artist (1798-1881). Also did landscapes and portraits.

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“Highland Monarch.” 1860s-1870s. Belgian. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/verboeckhoven-eugene/highland-monarch/

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“Sheep in Manger.” 1858. Oil on panel. 1860s-1870s. Belgian. Image © 2018 Haggin Museum. Fair use license. via https://hagginmuseum.org/collections/verboeckhoven-eugene/sheep-in-manger/

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“Sheep.” 1875. Oil on panel. Image © Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum. Fair use license. via https://www.stjathenaeum.org/eugene-joseph-verboeckhoven-sheep

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“Lamb and Mother Sheep.” 1846. Signed and dated on the lower left. Image © Very Important Lot. Fair use license. via https://veryimportantlot.com/en/lot/view/lamm-und-mutterschaf-eugene-verboeckhoven-58980

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“Donkey and Sheep.” 1849. Oil on canvas. Signed “E. J. Verboeckhoven 1849” on the lower left. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2017. Fair use license. via https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O123442/donkey-and-sheep-oil-painting-verboeckhoven-eugene/

Dreamscapes mostly seeming real. Belgian.Paul Delvaux, artist (1897-1994). Studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

"Le Vicinal." 1959.
“Le Vicinal.” 1959. Artwork: © Foundation Paul Delvaux, Sint-Idesbald — SABAM Belgium/DACS 2020. Sold by Christies in 2012. Fair use license. via https://www.christies.com/features/Steam-trains-in-art-10279-1.aspx?sc_lang=en&cid=EM_EMLcontent04144B06Section_A_Story_2_1&cid=DM374154&bid=205011663#FID-10279

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“The Viaduct.” 1963. Oil on canvas. Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on loan at the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Image ©2020 Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/delvaux-paul/viaduct

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“Small Train Station at Night.” 1959. Oil on canvas. Artwork © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © 2000–2020 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/492731

"Le temple." 1949.
“Le temple.” 1949. Oil on panel. Artwork © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://onesurrealistaday.com/post/162609755780/le-temple

Otherworldly landscapes to make you feel very cold. William Degouve de Nuncques, painter. Living from 1867 to 1935 he was born in France but grew up in Belgium where he taught himself to paint.

"Rêve de Voyage." 1899.
“Rêve de Voyage.” 1899. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://laclefdescoeurs.tumblr.com/post/102563906712/r%C3%AAve-de-voyage-1899-william-degouve-de-nuncques

"La Grotte Du Drac, Manacor." No date.
“La Grotte Du Drac, Manacor.” No date. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://pixels.com/featured/william-degouve-de-nuncques-1867-1935-belgian-la-grotte-du-drac-manacor-william-degouve-de-nuncques.html

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“Storm on the North Coast.” No date. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.graphicine.com/william-degouve-de-nuncques/