By descent until anonymously sold ('The Property of a Lady'), London, Sotheby's, 14 December 2000, lot 3, for £179,500;
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Grimmer was one of the first landscape painters to break with the old panoramic 'World landscape' format set by the followers of Joachim Patinir and to concentrate upon a more realistic portrayal of everyday life. It was this same truth to life, so evident in the present work, where he concentrates carefully upon recording the daily or seasonal tasks in a village, that led Vasari to describe him as one of the best landscape painters of his day, and for Karel van Mander to later claim that he knew of no other painter as 'outstandingly skilled in landscapes'.3
1. R. Bertier de Sauvigny, Jacob et Abel Grimmer, Brussels 1991, p. 68, reproduced fig. 13.
2. Bertier de Sauvigny 1991, p. 81, fig. 28.
3. K. van Mander, Schilder-boeck, Haarlem 1603-4, II, fol. 256v.
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