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Landscape (after Jan van Goyen)

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Landscape (after Jan van Goyen)

Artist: Jan Josefsz van Goyen (Dutch, 1596–1656)
Culture: Dutch
Date: c. late 17th century–early 18th Century
Medium: Oil on panel
16 5/8 x 28 1/8 x 3/16 inches (42.2 x 71.4 x 0.5 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Label Text:This anonymous copy of a painting by Jan van Goyen (1596 – 1656) illustrates a scene of Dutch daily life in the 1600s through the genre of landscape painting. Depicted are a straw-roofed inn, horse-drawn wagon, and several peasants seated on the flat countryside. In the foreground stands a tall, twisted oak, growing from a small hill. Although van Goyen was inspired by Netherlandish scenery and attempted to portray it realistically, he did not aim for an exact or factual record of such settings. Rather, he intended for his landscapes, with their ominous clouds and old, sometimes broken trees, to symbolize the cycle of life and to provoke an emotional reaction in the viewer.

Van Goyen was a prolific artist with approximately 1,400 paintings to his name. It was typical in Netherlandish art of this period for younger artists to begin their careers by copying the work of their teachers and other masters before developing their own characteristic techniques and styles. This landscape has been attributed to a painter known as “Anonymous M1,” who created scenes similar in subject matter and style to those of van Goyen.

Provenance: Purchased May 27, 1927 through (E.A. Fleischmann) by anonymous family; by inheritance through family; anonymous gift 1996 to Duke University Museum of Art, now Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Object number: 1996.26.1
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