Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
Haarlem circa 1600 - 1666 Haarlem
SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE WITH TALL PINES
signed lower right: J. Wils.
oil on canvas
unframed: 40.5 x 49.5 cm.; 16 x 19⅜ in.
framed: 58 x 67 cm.; 22¾ x 26½ in.
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The canvas has a firm lining, the paint surface is stable and a little dirty, with an uneven varnish, particularly in the lower left quarter of the canvas. A canvas seam runs horizontally through the centre of the painting, and is visible to the naked eye, with a few old associated retouchings. A distinctive network of craquelure has developed in the sky. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick varnish, which fluoresces opaquely, with only the aforementioned retouchings visible. Although older retouchings, in the sky perhaps, are not visible beneath the varnish. In overall fair condition.
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With H.H. Cevat, Lausanne, 1958;
With G. Cramer, The Hague, 1965/66;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria, from whom acquired.
Salzburg, Museumpavillon im Mirabellgarten, 12 July – 12 September 1972; Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, 26 September 1972 – 14 January 1973, Niederländische Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Hollandse en Vlaamse Kunst uit de
17e eeuw, 16 February – 1 April 1973, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 138.
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Niederländisches Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert--Gemälde und Zeichnungen im Umkreis grosser Meister aus der Sammlung F.C. Butôt, exh. cat., Salzburg 1972, p. 176 reproduced in colour;
Hollandse en Vlaamse kunst uit de 17e eeuw: hoogtepunten van minder bekende meesters: schilderijen en tekeningen uit de verzameling F.C. Butôt, exh. cat., Rotterdam 1973, p. 176;
W. Bernt, Die Niederländischen Maler und Zeichner des 17. Jahrhunderts, Munich 1979, vol. III, reproduced pl. 1488;
P.C. Sutton (ed.), Masters of 17th Century Dutch Landscape Painting, Amsterdam 1987, p. 278, footnote 1;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, pp. 302–03, cat. no. 80, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 126, cat. no. 138, reproduced in colour.
Jan Wils frequently worked with his son-in-law Nicolaes Berchem - Berchem adding figures and animals to landscapes by Wils. Wils is recorded in 1628 as a member of the Haarlem Guild of St. Luke, and is known to have travelled to Rome between 1654–55, as well as to Vienna and Lyon.