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JAN JOSEFSZ VAN GOYEN | Peasant couple before a large thatched cottage

12,000 - 18,000 USD
16,250 USD
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  • Peasant couple before a large thatched cottage
  • Black chalk and gray wash;signed with initials in black chalk, lower right: VG


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


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