An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter
Willem de Heusch

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall

22 January 2021 • New York

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall
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Willem de Heusch

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Willem de Heusch

Willem de Heusch

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall

Estimate:

20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12 days, 14 hours

12 days, 14 hours

January 30, 03:42 PM (GMT)

January 30, 03:42 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Willem de Heusch

Utrecht 1625 - 1692

An Italianate landscape with travelers and mules by a waterfall


remnants of a signature lower left

oil on canvas

canvas: 25 3/4 by 31 3/4 in.; 65 by 80.7 cm. 

framed:  34 1/4 by 40 5/8 in.; 87 by 103.2 cm.  

Condition report

The canvas has been wax lined. The painting reads well overall and presents a lovely image. Many of the details are well preserved, including the figures and the landscape elements in the foreground. There is a very fine pattern of stable craquelure across the surface, and there is one small retouched repair in the upper left corner of the sky that has slightly discolored. Inspection under UV reveals a varnish that fluoresces somewhat unevenly. There are some scattered spots of retouching concentrated near the edges of the canvas, for example along the lower edge, and in the upper right corner. Additional areas of retouching are visible in the foliage at right. The painting is ready to hang in its present condition. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.


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Provenance

With Schaeffer Galleries, New York (as Nicholas Pietersz. Berchem);
From whom acquired, 1950s.

Exhibited

Manchester, New Hampshire, Currier Museum of Art, Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt, 29 September 2012 - 6 January 2013 (as Nicholas Pietersz. Berchem). 

Catalogue note

Willem de Heusch was a Dutch Golden Age artist who specialized in Italianate landscapes in the style of Jan Both, with whom he is likely to have trained. De Heusch is thought to have travelled in Italy around 1640 but was back in Utrecht by 1649 where he is recorded as a dean of the Guild along with Jan Both and Cornelis Poelenburgh.


The present lot closely follows a painting by Jan Both that last appeared on the market in 1992.1 Like that example by Jan Both, the present composition is bathed in a similar golden light; lush foliage, boulders, and a gentle stream of water line a pathway that winds towards a rolling landscape beyond. Another example of this same composition that is of slightly larger dimensions and attributed to Jan Both is recorded in the Marburg Photo Archive in the Staatliche Museen, Berlin.2


1. Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 8 July 1992, lot 33. 

2. Inv. no. 1969, oil on canvas, 92 by 99 cm. Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, no. gg1189.