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ID number:  BIRBI-59.4
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Goyen, Jan van (1596-1656)
Title / Object name:  Cottages in a Landscape with a Well
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1631
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  42.5 x 54.5 cm
Provenance:  J. Bier, Haarlem, 1938; Sotheby's, 24 June 1959 (lot 87); purchased at Sotheby's in 1959 for £4,200.

Peasants work at a picturesque well, with its elaborate system for drawing up water, next to thatched huts and an ancient tree. The work was known as A Landscape in the Dunes, but it is more correctly simply a cottage scene with a low horizon. At this stage, early in his career, Van Goyen employed the convention of a brown foreground in his landscapes. In a nearly monochromatic composition, dominated by muted tones of green, the brown area was interpreted as sand.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed and dated I.I.: VG 1631

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Jan van Goyen, 1596-1656: poet of the Dutch landscape', Alan Jacobs Gallery, London, 1977, no. 5; 'The Blasted Oak', Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, 1987, no. 41.

1 Related People

Goyen, Jan van

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Jan van Goyen
Beck, H.-U.

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