Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JOACHIM GOVERTSZ. CAMPHUYSEN
Gorinchem circa 1601/2 - 1659 Amsterdam
HILLY LANDSCAPE WITH TREES
signed in monogram lower centre: IC
oil on oak panel
unframed: 28.8 x 36 cm.; 11⅜ x 14⅛ in.
framed: 37 x 44.5 cm.; 14½ x 17½ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable, with a clean surface and clear varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals the varnish was applied somewhat unevenly; and there are also some horizontal lines of retouching along the lower margin, to disguise the appearance of a hairline split, which is stable. There are some further retouchings throughout the sky, to a slight degree of wear. Otherwise the painting is in overall very good condition.
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N. Beets, Amsterdam;
With Gebr. Douwes, Amsterdam, 1963;
F.C. Butôt, Sankt Gilgen, Austria, by 1964;
From whom acquired.
Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, Zee-, rivier- en oevergezichten. Nederlandse schilderijen uit de zeventiende eeuw, 12 July - 24 September 1964, no. 16;
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;
Schieder-Schwalenberg, Robert-Koepke-Haus, Wege durch das Land - Inventar der Landschaft. Niederländische Landschaftsschilderungen vom 16. bis 18. Jahrhundert, 2000, no. 18;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 14.
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Zee-, rivier- en oevergezichten. Nederlandse schilderijen uit de zeventiende eeuw, exh. cat., Dordrecht 1964, cat. no. 16, reproduced fig. 30;
L.J. Bol, Holländische Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts nahe den großen Meistern. Landschaften und Stilleben, Brunswick 1969, p. 170, reproduced in colour p. 172, fig. 164;
Niederländisches Kunst aus dem Goldenen Jahrhundert--Gemälde und Zeichnungen im Umkreis grosser Meister aus der Sammlung F.C. Butôt, exh. cat., Salzburg 1972, p. 28, reproduced;
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. 28, reproduced;
L.J. Bol, G. Keyes and F.C. Butôt, Netherlandish paintings and drawings from the collection of F.C. Butôt by little-known and rare masters of the seventeenth century, London 1981, p. 92, cat. no. 29, reproduced;
L.J. Bol, Holländische Malerei nahe den grossen Meistern. Landschaften und Stilleben, Brunswick 1982, pp. 170–72, reproduced in colour fig. 164;
Wege durch das Land - Inventar der Landschaft. Niederländische Landschaftsschilderungen vom 16. bis 18. Jahrhundert, exh. cat., Schwalenberg 2000, cat. no. 18;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 3, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2001, p. 48, cat. no. 6, reproduced in colour;
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 43, cat. no. 14, reproduced in colour.
Camphuysen’s landscapes are rendered in tonal greens and browns, and reflect a distinctive preoccupation with the depiction of trees - pictured in all seasons - as the protagonists in many of his works. His delight in differentiating between foliage and leafless trunks is evident in this poetic work, which is suffused with golden light and features a remarkably bright sky against which the silhouettes of the trees are all the more dramatic.
Jochem Camphuysen was part of a dynasty of 17th-century Dutch landscape and animal painters, the nephew of Dirk Rafalesz. Camphuysen and brother of Rafaël Govertsz. Camphuysen. Growing up in Gorinchem, not far from Dordrecht, Camphuysen would also have absorbed the examples of the Mannerist landscapes of artists such as Alexander Keirincx. His sister, Lysbeth, married the great landscapist, Aert van der Neer, whom Camphuysen is believed to have taught.