"Dutch School Of The XVIIth Century. Estuary Landscape With Boats & Mills"Drawing: 23 x 35 cm
Beautiful frame in blond tortoiseshell: 42 x 55 cm
Attributed to Aert van der Neer, Dutch painter of the "golden century" (Amsterdam 1603/1604 - id. 1677). This pen and ink drawing, black and brown ink, brown and gray wash on gray laid paper represents an estuary landscape at dusk, typical of the painter’s work.
This landscaper has a poorly known career despite a certain prolificity.
He is one of the first painters in the Netherlands to apply an original chiaroscuro, both contrasting and very colorful, where the slate blue of the nocturnes contrasts with a yellow light ranging from clear to red. It remained famous for its seascapes and landscapes in the moonlight executed with sensitivity and poetry.
His oldest painting, a genre scene, is dated 1632, when he settled in Amsterdam. He would thus have devoted himself to painting only belatedly, unless he had already been a pupil of Camphuysen c. 1626. If his first winter views were inspired by this master and especially by Avercamp, the chronology of his other landscapes is poorly known and very few of them are dated. We also know that Van der Neer ran an inn in Amsterdam, which had to close in 1662; misunderstood by his contemporaries (like many others painted), his works did not please because they were off the beaten track;
Posterity did him justice because his works are now presented in major museums.
Provenance: Wolfhart F. Bürgi, (1901 - 1989), Berne, stamp on the reverse (Lugt 3400); Private collection, Switzerland.
Notes: According to information from RKD, The Hague (Nadja Garthoff), there is in a private English collection a painting by Aert van der Neer representing the same landscape.
Small damage to the lower right corner, traces of old fixtures on the back.
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