SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS
The city of Rhenen, situated on the Neder Rijn (the most northerly branch of the river Rhine) where the north bank begins to rise from the plain on the way upstream to Arnhem, was a popular subject for painters, including Jan van Goyen and Salomon van Ruysdael (see lot 53 in the present sale), both of whom made a number of depictions of it from different angles. Undoubtedly it was the highly distinctive tower of the Cunerakerk, as well as its dramatic (for the Netherlands) situation on a hill overlooking the river, that made it such an appealing subject.
Van der Croos also depicted the city from different viewpoints, including two pictures dated 1646.1 Two other painted views of it from nearly the same view point as the present picture have been attributed to him, though neither is known to be authentically signed or dated, for example the one, signed and dated 1652, in the collection of Professor P.J. in Paris & Lausanne, and another one sold New York, Christie's, 12 June 1981, lot 71.2
1. See Beck, under Literature, p. 83, nos. 165/A15, 168/A18, both reproduced.
2. See Beck, idem, p. 107, no. 265/B8, p. 109, no. 273/B16, reproduced.
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