Balthasar Beschey, Netherlands/Flemish, 1708-1776. This lovely portrait of the Madonna and Child in a Landscape is oil on wood panel. It is 10 5/8" by 12 7/8" and is in a beautiful period frame with overall dimensions of 19 6/8" by 22". Provenance: Private Midwest Collection, Hanson Gallery, Private UK Collection. Beschey is known for his paintings of religious subjects as well as Flemish landscapes & villages.He studied under Pieter Strick, an unimportant painter, but imitated the styles of Van Balen and of De Craeyer. In 1753 he was admitted as a freeman of the Guild of St. Luke, and two years later became one of the six directors of the Academy in the above town, and in the year following that was elected dean of St. Luke. He died in 1776, at Antwerp, while holding the post of professor in the Academy of that city. He painted landscapes at the commencement of his artistic career, but confined himself in after life to sacred history and portraiture. In the two latter branches of art he is well represented. His works display a taste for harmony, and are for the most part carefully executed, but are wanting in delicacy of colouring. The following important Museums have his works: Louvre, Hermitage, Budapest, Antwerp, etc. His works sell for up $400,000. He has a long listig in Benezit.