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Title A River Scene
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Goyen, Jan van (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1596-1656)
Date 1642 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Van Goyen was a pioneer of Dutch realistic landscape painting. He settled in the Hague around 1632 where he remained until his death. In scale and achievement, this is one of van Goyen's most successful river scenes. He played an innovatory role in the depiction of the effects of weather and atmosphere. Unlike Italianate Dutch painters such as Berchem, van Goyen looked to nature rather than other art, providing inspiration for artists such as Constable.
Current Accession Number 1947P15
Former Accession Number P.1547
Inscription front ll 'V.G. 1642'
Subject landscape (Dutch); marine (river, boats)
Measurements 124.3 x 159 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Messrs. Roland, Browse & Delbanco 1947.
Provenance Marquess of Salisbury; Earl of Wemyss; S. W. & J. Harman, 1912; Ascher and Walker, 1934; Leggat Bros.; West's Galleries Ltd, 1939; Miss Marx, 1947.
Principal Exhibitions Dutch Pictures 1450 - 1750, Royal Academy, 1953, cat. no. 239; Dutch Masterpieces, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1956, cat. no. 15; Pictures from Birmingham, Agnew's, 1957, cat. no. 32; Jan Van Goyen, Stedlijk Museum, Leiden, Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, 1960, cat. no. 29; Images of a Golden Age: Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1989, cat. no. 23
Publications Illustrations, 1952, p. 16; Gerson, H., Burlington Magazine, vol. 95, 1953, p. 48, fig. 19; Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1930; Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1960, pl. 23; Dobrzycka, A., Jan Van Goyen, Poznan, 1960, no. 114; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 75, ill.; Wright, C., Images of a Golden Age: Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1989.
Notes Old exhibition label taken from back '4 Van Goyen'.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth

 

 

 

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