View 1 of Lot 151. A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill.
View 1 of Lot 151. A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill.
151

Jan Josefsz. van Goyen

A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property from a British Private Collection

Jan Josefsz. van Goyen

Jan Josefsz. van Goyen

A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill

A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property from a British Private Collection

Jan Josefsz. van Goyen

Leiden 1596 - 1656 The Hague

A landscape with peasants resting by a watermill


signed lower right: I. V. GOIEN / 1623

oil on oak panel, a collector's red wax seal on the reverse with initials: FHL

unframed: 39.2 x 53.8 cm.; 15 1/2 x 21 1/4 in.

framed: 56.6 x 71.2 cm.; 22 1/4 x 28 in.

Décorte;
His sale, Ghent, Predhom, 26 April 1841, lot 96, for 65 guilders to Coecke;
With Duits, London, 1929;
With Agnews, London, by 1971;
From whom acquired by a private collector, England;
Anonymous sale ('Property from an English Private Collection'), London, Sotheby's, 10 July 2014, lot 156, where acquired by the present owner.
C. Hofstede de Groot, A catalogue raisonné..., vol. VIII, London 1927, p. 108, cat. no. 398 (with incorrect measurements);
H.-U. Beck, Jan Van Goyen 1596-1656, vol. II, Katalog der Gemälde, Amsterdam 1973, p. 108, cat. no. 221, reproduced.

This is one of Van Goyen's very earliest landscapes which clearly shows the influence of his teacher Esaias van de Velde. Beck (see Literature) records fewer than ten works dated prior to 1623. It is a landscape of the artist's own imagination, and demonstrates in particular his mastery of the narrative element in landscape painting, a field that he would dominate in the Netherlands for decades to come.