Although all of them are painted en brunaille, some have an intense brownish tone, while others are more greyish. A similar variation occurs with his more intensely monochromatic works on panel of the same date. Although Van Goyen always painted with a rapid vivacious brush, these works are especially spontaneous and fluid, perhaps due to the nature of the paper support.
It is unknown why Van Goyen painted so many works in oils on paper in this short period of time. Possibly he was having trouble procuring panels. It is worth noting however that during this period, and in the late 1640s and early 1650s his output of drawings, all in black chalk and some, especially the sketchbook leaves, very rapidly drawn, sharply increased.
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