An Allegory of Summer
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Abel Grimmer ( Antwerp 1570 - Antwerp 1618 )
Abel was the son of Jacob Grimmer, and he married Catharina Lescornet on 29 September 1591, before becoming a master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1592. He is principally known for his numerous small paintings of country scenes, sometimes with a biblical theme, which often form part of a series of the Four Seasons or the Months of the Year. Some of these paintings were inspired by or even copied from prints by Pieter Bruegel I and Hans Bol, both of whose work strongly influenced Abel, even more so than did the example of his father’s work, which was also an important source of inspiration. Abel’s series of the Twelve Months (1592; Montfaucon-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, Chapelle Notre-Dame) are exact copies of Adriaen Collaert’s prints after Hans Bol (Hollstein: Dutch & Flemish, iv, nos 523–34), published by Hans van Luyck (fl c. 1580–85) in 1585.