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Title The Halt
Alternative Title Halt at an Italian Wine House
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Falkland Palace)
Artist After Dujardin, Karel (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1626-1678)
Date Earliest 1675
Date Latest about 1700
Description Karel Dujardin was born in Amsterdam and developed a style of Dutch Italianate landscape in the late 1640s and 1650s. It was thought that Dujardin had made an early visit to Italy but it is more likely that he developed his style through assimilation of works by other artists which were in circulation in Amsterdam. The similarity of Dujardin's Dutch Italianate landscapes to those of Nicolaes Berchem has led to suggestions that Dujardin was a pupil of Berchem's. However, Kilian has suggested Paulus Potter as a more likely teacher. In late landscapes such as this one, painted during his productive stay in Italy between 1675 and 1678, Dujardin abandoned the painstaking naturalism of his early works in favour of architectonic compositions, arranged in banded zones of mountains, waterways and friezes of elegant figures, executed in a broader, emphatic style and what Kilian calls a 'smokier' palette. Dujardin was highly regarded in his lifetime and his smooth, detailed and precise finish appealed strongly to collectors.
Current Accession Number 52.572
Subject landscape; everyday life
Measurements 32 x 38 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased 1982.
Provenance Henderson sale, Christie's, London, 2 May 1806, lot 39; Henderson sale, Christie's, London, 22 December 1822, lot 6, bought by Charles Spackman for £6 6s (?); N. sale, Christie's, London, 26 May 1832, lot 72, bought by Burland for £13 2s (?).
Notes For a copy or version of Dujardin's Halt at an Italian Wine House, see Kilian, J., The Paintings of Karel Dujardin 1626 - 1678. Catalogue Raisonné, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, 2005, cat no. 131, p. 388.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Patricia Smyth




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