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SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS

Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos
Alkmaar 1606 - 1663 The Hague
A PANORAMIC VIEW OF RHENEN SEEN FROM THE WEST, ALONG THE BANK OF THE RIVER RHINE
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SOLD BY THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM TO BENEFIT FUTURE PAINTING ACQUISITIONS

Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos
Alkmaar 1606 - 1663 The Hague
A PANORAMIC VIEW OF RHENEN SEEN FROM THE WEST, ALONG THE BANK OF THE RIVER RHINE
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Anthonie Jansz. van der Croos
Alkmaar 1606 - 1663 The Hague
ALKMAAR 1606 - 1663 THE HAGUE
A PANORAMIC VIEW OF RHENEN SEEN FROM THE WEST, ALONG THE BANK OF THE RIVER RHINE
signed and indistinctly dated lower centre: AV (in ligature) CROOS.F 16..
oil on canvas
109.5 by 206.5 cm.
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Provenance

With Julius H. Weitzner, London, by 1950;
Private collection, 1959;
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 18 November 1959, lot 99, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd, London on behalf of Mr Getty;
J. Paul Getty, Sutton Place, Surrey;
Estate of J. Paul Getty, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1978 (inv. no. 78.PA.203).

Exhibited

Hartford, Connecticut,  Wadsworth Atheneum, Life in Seventeenth Century Holland, 21 November 1950 - 15 January 1951, cat. no. 20 (lent by J.H. Weitzner).

Literature

P.C. Sutton, Dutch Art in America, Grand Rapids/Michigan/Kampen 1986, p. 144;
H.-U. Beck, Künstler um Jan van Goyen, Doornspijk 1991, p. 99, cat. no. 233/A85, reproduced;
D. Jaffé, Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 1997, p. 30, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

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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