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PROPERTY FROM THE MERTENS COLLECTION

Jan Josefsz van Goyen
PEASANT COUPLE BEFORE A LARGE THATCHED COTTAGE
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE MERTENS COLLECTION

Jan Josefsz van Goyen
PEASANT COUPLE BEFORE A LARGE THATCHED COTTAGE
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Jan Josefsz van Goyen
LEIDEN 1596 - 1656 THE HAGUE
PEASANT COUPLE BEFORE A LARGE THATCHED COTTAGE
Black chalk and gray wash;
signed with initials in black chalk, lower right: VG
184 by 275 mm; 7 1/4  by 10 7/8  in
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Provenance

With 'Schöffer', 
from whom purchased in 1935 by Wilhelm A. Woldemar Mertens (1899-1938), Leipzig,
thence by descent to the present owners

Literature

H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, 1596-1656, vol. I, Amsterdam 1972, p. 208, no. 628

Catalogue Note

A charming snapshot of daily life, this drawing depicts two figures conversing outside a cottage.  Van Goyen has created an idyllic rustic scene and has manipulated the chalk and wash to produce different textures across the paper, softer tones for the foliage behind the cottage and darker tones for the farming apparatus in the immediate foreground to the left of the composition.

Van Goyen illustrates the same cottage, without the figures, in a sketch in the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.1

1. Beck, op.cit., p. 235, no. 758

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