Adraen Frans Boudewijins was a Flemish painter, draughtsman and engraver, the son of Nicolas Boudewijns and Françoise Jonquin. On 5 October 1664 he married Louise de Ceul, and on 22 November 1665 he became a master in the Brussels Guild of St. Luke, after having been registered as a pupil of Ignatius van der Stock (fl 1660) in the same year. By 1669 he had fled to Paris, where he met fellow Flemings, Pieter Boel, Abraham Genoels, Adam Frans van der Meulen and Jan van Hughtenburgh (1647–1733), and where he was mainly active as an engraver. He engraved van der Meulen’s Battles of Louis XIV and numerous works by Genoels, van Hughtenburgh and by himself. These prints combine bold execution with careful attention to detail. In 1669–70 he was sent to the southern Netherlands with Genoels and van Hughtenburgh to draw three views of the château of Mariemont as tapestry designs for the Gobelins. In the Gobelins accounts there is evidence that the three artists were also paid for a series of tapestry designs depicting the Months of the Year. On 12 January 1670 his second marriage took place, to Barbara van der Meulen, Frans’s sister. After her death in 1674, he left Paris and returned to Brussels, where he is first mentioned in 1677. In 1682 he accepted Andries Meulebeeck and Mattijs Schoevaerdts as pupils, and in 1694 his cousin Adriaen Boudewijns (b. 1673) was apprenticed to him.
All surviving paintings by Adriaen Frans Boudewijns were probably produced after his return from Paris. They are all landscapes, meticulously painted (e.g. Landscape with Animals; Aalst, Gal. Pintelon) and often peopled with figures painted by Pieter Bout. Several feature brightly lit sand flats surrounded by trees and are related in style of composition and choice of motifs to the work of Jacques d’Arthois and Cornelis Huysmans. There are also a number of flat landscapes with Italianate architectural features and a row of hills as a backdrop ; a series of village and river landscapes in which the compositional structure and technical precision recall the style of Jan Breughel I.
Among the surviving drawings by Boudewijns are two signed examples (both Dresden, Kupferstichkab.), oval in shape and depicting an Italianate river landscape. Their high degree of finish suggests that they are preparatory studies for prints. The delicate yet confident handling that characterises these drawings as well as Boudewijns’s later painted work was imitated in a clumsy manner by his cousin.
Boudewijns is represented in the following collections: Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Courtauld Institute, London; Harvard University Museum, amongst others.