The present work, impressive in size and exceptionally fine in execution, blends all the qualities - architectural, perspectival, and colouristic - that mark Koekkoek out as one of the leading Dutch painters of townscapes. As a true representative of Dutch Romanticism, Willem Koekkoek was inspired by the picturesque qualities of seventeenth-century Dutch Golden Age painting.
In the centre of the composition, an elegant couple take a stroll. Other men, women and children stand in groups chatting amongst dogs and chickens while laundry hangs out to dry. The bright sunlight bathes the street in light and casts strong shadows, emphasising the architectural features, notably the fine Dutch gable on the left.
While Koekkoek's romantic temperament drove him to compose vistas according to his fancy, the present work being an excellent example, here the artist appears to have been at least partly inspired by the Dutch town of Brielle. Viewed from along het Heultje, the town's St. Catharijnekerke, which was surmounted by a dome during the 19th century, has a similar appearance to the church tower in the present work.
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