FRANS DE HULST | A river landscape with fishermen and a church in the background
FRANS DE HULST
Haarlem circa 1610 - 1661
A RIVER LANDSCAPE WITH FISHERMEN AND A CHURCH IN THE BACKGROUND
signed lower left: F. D. HULST
oil on oak panel, oval
unframed: 39.1 x 53.4 cm.; 15⅝ x 20¾ in.
framed: 53.5 x 67.4 cm.; 21¼ x 26½ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat, and stable. Six horizontal battens are affixed to an old horizontal split or join along the centre. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along the central and right section of the aforementioned split or join. There are further fine dashes and tiny spots scattered in the sky, mostly along the wood grain. More concentrated areas of retouching are visible along the upper right edge of the panel, at the far right of the water, and spots scattered throughout the rest of the water. A second campaign of
restoration fluoresces lightly and comprises spots of retouching scattered in the boats, figures, and central tree. None of these impede the legibility of the image, which is in overall fairly good condition.
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Anonymous sale, Paris, Artcurial, 22 June 2011, lot 15.
Frans de Hulst was born and trained in Haarlem, where he became a member of the painters' Guild. His open river scenes in an oval format, such as the present work, are influenced by the work of Jan van Goyen.