- Cornelis Springer
- View of the Little Church in Zalt Bommel, Province of Gelderland
- signed C. Springer and dated 1866 (lower left); signed and inscribed Le sousigné que declare que...tableau, representant une vue vers la tour de la petite Église à Zalt Bommel; Provence de Gueldre, Pays Bas, est peint par lui, Amst 10 Dec 66, Cornelis Springer (on a label attached to the reverse with artist's seal)
- oil on canvas
Sale: Fischer Auktionen, Lucerne, November 18, 2004, lot 1115, illustrated
Richard Green, London
Acquired from the above
This View of the Little Church in Zalt Bommel exemplifies Springer’s complex work from the height of his career, evidencing his meticulous observation of the built and natural environment. His careful composition of this fortress town in the province of Gelderland is characterized by the typical gabled architecture and ornamental facades of Dutch Renaissance townhouses. Shaded beneath a bright blue sky, the scene is bathed in a rosy, atmospheric glow, where townsfolk interact: a mother shopping with her child, a man driving a horse-drawn cart, a dog sleeping in the shadow. In the background, the tower of the Gasthuiskapeltoren of Zaltbommel and a linden tree anchor the idyllic scene.