Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
AERT JANSZ. MARIENHOF
Utrecht circa 1626 - after 1652 Brussels
RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES ON A PATH AND CROSSING A BRIDGE
signed and dated lower center: marienhof. f. / .1652.
oil on oak panel
unframed: 33.7 x 50.4 cm.; 13¼ x 19¾ in.
framed: 52 x 69 cm.; 20½ x 27¼ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish clear and even. There is slight frame abrasion along the margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals spot retouching sparsely scattered throughout, and more concentrated spots along the left and upper margins. In overall good condition.
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With F. Stimpson, London;
With Koetser and Asscher, London, (before Benjamin Asscher’s death in 1936);
With W.B. Asscher, Scheveningen, after 1936;
Thence by descent until sold, London, Sotheby’s, 20 April 1994, lot 64, when acquired.
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Noordbrabants Museum, Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, 17 March – 10 June 2001, no. 98;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 19.
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P.H. Janssen et al., Panorama op de wereld. Het landschap van Bosch tot Rubens, exh. cat., Zwolle 2001, pp. 191–92, cat. no. 98, reproduced in colour p. 192;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, p. 148, cat. no. 34, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 45, cat. no. 19, reproduced in colour.
Marienhof is known as a history painter, and landscapes such as this are extremely rare. Most of his pictures were painted in Utrecht before 1650, by which year, according to Houbraken, he had moved to Brussels. The present picture, one of his latest works, shows the influence of Brussels School landscapists such as Lodewijk de Vadder and Jacques d'Arthois, particularly in the handling of the bank to the left of the composition. A similar landscape, also signed and dated 1652, was sold London, Christie's, 13 December 1991, lot 201.