inscribed on reverse of panel: Van d. N...(?)
Van der Neer’s mature landscapes are not reminiscent of his training with his father, Aert van der Neer, but rather echo the dense and detailed wooded landscapes of earlier generations, particularly those of Adam Elsheimer. Such visual parallels, so meticulously and carefully rendered, not only strengthened van der Neer’s already well-established reputation during his lifetime, but also highlight his versatile skills as an artist today. Also visible here is the continuation of the Fijnschilder tradition founded in Leiden by Gerrit Dou and his pupils almost half a century prior. This tradition, apart from flower painting, would soon run its course by the dawn of the next century, perhaps because works such as this left little room for further refinement.
We are grateful to Dr. Eddy Schavemaker for confirming the attribution of the present lot on the basis of images and for suggesting it is a late work by the artist, datable to the 1680s.
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