With Hazlitt, London, October, 1967;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, March 14, 1975, lot 124, to Albers;
With P. de Boer, Amsterdam, from whom purchased in 1987 by
Henry H. Weldon, New York, and thence by descent.
New Orleans, Museum of Art, In The Eye of the Beholder: Northern Baroque Paintings from the Collection of Henry H. Weldon, 1997, no. 34;
Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, An Eye for Detail, 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Collection of Henry H. Weldon, 1999, p. 75, no. 33.
The present, highly refined painting on copper is an excellent example of the type of landscape which Eglon van der Neer painted late in life. After he had settled in Brussels in 1680, he started to concentrate on depicting biblical and mythological scenes set in landscapes. His first real landscapes, without the addition of mythological or biblical staffage figures, date from the early 1690s. Van der Neer’s landscapes betray a remarkable stylistic variation. One of his main inspirational sources was the German painter Adam Elsheimer, whose style he imitated in this painting, which can be securely dated between 1690 and 1698, after which date van der Neer became court painter to John William Elector Palatine in Düsseldorf.
We are grateful to Mr. Eddy Schavemaker for providing the cataloguing for this lot. This painting will be included in his forthcoming catalogue raisonné on the artist.
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