Dieppe after 1610 - 1652 Amsterdam
LANDSCAPE WITH A DEPARTURE FOR A HUNT
oil on canvas, unlined
15⅞ by 19⅝ in.; 40.3 by 49.8 cm.
The canvas is unlined, and it is taught and stable on its stretcher. The painting reads well beneath a yellow and slightly dirty varnish, and many of the details are well preserved. It does not seem to have been restored in some time, and there is a slight undulation to the surface in the upper left corner. There is a very small loss in the background at center left, near the tree, and there are a few areas of loss at the very extreme edges of the canvas. Inspection under UV reveals a milky varnish, as well as very small pin-dots of retouching scattered here and there. There may be some old strokes of restoration in the shadows of the mountains in the distance. The painting may benefit from a freshened varnish. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.
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Though of French origin, Jan Asselijn was a leading Dutch Italianate artist, influencing a generation of artists such as Nicolaes Berchem and Karel Dujardin. He was in Italy from circa 1635 until circa 1645, where he came under the influence of Pieter van Laer and Jan Both, returning back to the Netherlands via Lyon and Paris in 1647. As his career progressed, he moved away from battle scenes and towards more peaceful Italianate landscapes, like the present, which defined most of his mature career. The golden light and the soft atmospheric landscape in the distance are beautiful reflections of his travels south.
We are grateful to Dr. Charlotte A. Steland for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.