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ID number:  BIRBI-52.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Molijn, Pieter (1595-1661)
Title / Object name:  Landscape with a Huntsman
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  possibly the 1640s or 1650s
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  33 x 54.6 cm
Provenance:  Albert Levy sale, 6 April 1876 as Van Goyen (lot 377); Christie's, 31 May 1902 (lot 74) as Van Goyen, purchased by Sedelmeyer for £120.15.0.; Adolphe Schloss; Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 5 December 1951 (lot 41), purchased by Eugene Slatter for 40,000 francs (around £450); Purchased from Eugene Slatter in 1952 for £700.

This beautifully preserved landscape is typical of the artist’s panoramic views with their spacious open skies. The huntsman in the foreground and the church in the distance are the only incidents in a relatively featureless landscape. Interest depends on the artist’s painterly style which enlivens the subtle, though restricted, palette of greys, greens, browns and blues.

Molijn’s style marked a transition between the older tonal approach of Van Goyen, to whom this painting was once attributed, and the more naturalistic approach of the new generation.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century', Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, 1961, no. 69.

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