Lot 90
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JAN JOSEFSZ VAN GOYEN | River landscape with a church

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • River landscape with a church
  • Black chalk and brown wash within pen and brown ink framing lines;signed with initials and dated in black chalk, lower left: VG 1651


Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), London (L.2445),
his estate sale, via Samuel Woodburn, London, 4 June 1860, lot 449 (12?- Ensom);
Marius Paulme (1863-1928), Paris (L.1910),
his sale, Paris, 13 May 1929, lot 96;
Hendrikus Egbertus ten Cate (1868-1955), Almelo;
with C.G. Boerner, Dusseldorf, (Cat. 1964, no. 45);
from whom purchased by Peter Mertens in 1967


Leiden, Stedelijk Museum; Arnhem, Gemeentemuseum, Jan Van Goyen, 1960, no. 87


Dr. D. Hannema, Catalogue of the H.E. ten Cate Collection, Rotterdam 1955, no. 222;
H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, 1596-1656, vol. I, Amsterdam 1972, p. 101, no. 282

Catalogue Note

This grand and large scale drawing is a superb example of Van Goyen's mature style, dated to 1651, it perfectly showcases the artist's mastery of chalk and wash creating a complex yet lively and spontaneous composition. Van Goyen's application of chalk, using both soft and pressured lines enables him to produce an array of lighting effects across his landscape and to convey a convincing sense of depth and recession.   There is also great movement within his late drawings, where one can feel his figures rowing in boats in the foreground and meandering on the paths beyond.

Van Goyen's drawings fall into two main categories. The first are his rapid sketches produced on his travels around the Netherlands, which were later used as the basis for paintings or more finished drawings. The second group, to which the present sheet belongs, are highly finished compositions, which are like works of art in their own right.  The majority of these are signed and dated and are larger than his sketches and executed in the studio.  For other examples of Van Goyen's drawings see lots 91, 94, 95 and 96.