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Artist
Louis Finson, Flemish, 1580–1617
Title
The Four Elements
Date
1611
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 70 1/2 × 66 15/16 in. (179 × 170 cm)
Credit Line

Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
215 BLAFFER GALLERIES
Accession Number
BF.2018.1
Classification
Painting
Provenance

Purchased by the jeweller and art dealer Hans le Thoor (Jean Letoir) at the auction organized by Finson’s heirs in the house of the painter and art dealer Abraham Vinck, Amsterdam, between late 1617 and early 1618; in 1618 offered for sale to Christian IV, King of Denmark in Copenhagen via the painter and art dealer Pieter Isaacksz.; the negotiations went on until 1624 and finally collapsed, the painting was returned to Hans le Thoor; in 1627 it was not on the list of Le Thoor’s possessions seized by bailiffs; Rombout family, Ghent, until c. 1993; sale, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, May 10, 2005, lot 92, purchased by Rob Smeets, Milan, and Robert Noortman, Maastricht, from whom it was purchased by Otto Naumann, New York, who sold it to a private collection, 2009; Nicholas Hall, 2018; purchased by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, 2018.