Lot 12
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Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten Amsterdam 1622 - 1666

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten
  • A Winter landscape, possibly Amerongen, with skaters on a frozen river and figures entering a church to the left, the tower of Rhenen church in the distance
  • oil on panel


Petit Collection, Paris;
Sale ("Petit Collection"), Amsterdam, Frederick Muller and Cie., June 19, 1913, lot 2 (as Joannes Beerstraten and 'with traces of a signature under a false monogram of van der Neer');
Anonymous sale, Amsterdam, Frederick Muller & Cie., November 30-December 3, 1926, lot 446 (as J. Az. Beerstraten);
With J. Goudstikker, Amsterdam, 1932 (as Anthonie van Beerstraten, Gezicht op Amerongen);
Anton W.M. Mensing, Amsterdam, until 1938;
His sale, Amsterdam, Frederick Muller & Cie., November 15, 1938, lot 5 (as Anthonie Beerstraten, Vue présumée de'Amerongen), where purchased by J. Paul Getty for 1,200 florins;
J. Paul Getty, Sutton Place, Surrey, England, by whom bequeathed to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978, no. 78.PB.70.


Amsterdam, J. Goudstikker, Hollandsche Winterlandschappen uit de XVIIe eeuw, February 6-29, 1932, no. 12;
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Balch Collection of Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, March 26-April 30, 1944, no. 51, where lent by J. Paul Getty.


Catalogus der Tentoonstelling van Hollandsche Winterlandschappen uit de XVIIe eeuw, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam 1932, no. 12 (as Anthonie van Beerstraten, Gezicht op Amerongen);
The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles 1944, no. 51 (as Anthonie van Beerstraten, A presumed view of Amerongen);
P.C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America, Washington 1986, p. 145 (as Anthonie Beerstraten);
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 1997, p. 8 (as Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, Winter Landscape).

Catalogue Note

Several other versions of this composition exist: the most alike is in Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse and is signed by Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten (there is, however, a different arrangement of figures in the right foreground) and another sold London, Christie's, April 11, 1975, lot 41, apparently signed with the monogram of Jan Abrahamsz. Beerstraten, in which the central trees have been moved behind the thatched hut and the figures also differ.

The view was first identified as Amerongen in the Goudstikker exhibition of 1932 (see Exhibited). The St. Andrieskerk at Amerongen, however, is somewhat longer than as represented here and there are further minor differences in the details. Were the painting to depict Amerongen however, to the right would be the frozen Neder Rijn which flows south-eastwards to Rhenen, whose Cunerakerk can be seen in the far distance.