Sale, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 15 November 1995, lot 19; sale, New York, Sotheby's, 23 January 2001, lot 138; with Noortman Master Paintings, Maastricht
This is one of a group of early, large-scale wash drawings by van Goyen in which the figures are given much greater prominence than in his later works. Indeed, in the earliest of these wash drawings, dating from 1624-5, the overall impression is as much that of a genre composition as of a landscape, but by the time this drawing was executed, the interest in landscape so typical of van Goyen's later works has clearly begun to assert itself. In the forms of elements such as the cattle and the trees, there is clear evidence of the influence of those pioneers of Dutch landscape draughtsmanship, Willem Buytewech and Esaias van de Velde, but in other respects the style is very much van Goyen's own. A fine winter landscape, dating from the same year as the present drawing and very similarly executed, was sold, Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 8 November 2000, lot 28.
Hinge mounted. There is a small crease to the centre of the lower edge and a diagonal crease to the lower right corner. There is evidence of some minor surface dirt to the sheet. The medium is fresh throughout. Sold in a modern giltwood frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."