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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 14

    Herman Saftleven Rotterdam 1609-1685 Utrecht

    A view of the Rhine

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    Herman Saftleven Rotterdam 1609-1685 Utrecht
    A view of the Rhine
    signed with monogram 'HS' (lower left) and dated '1683' (on the boat, lower right)
    oil on panel
    10¾ x 14 7/8 in. 27.3 x 37.8 cm.


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    Herman Saftleven was active as a painter, draftsman and engraver, and was the brother of Cornelis Saftleven, also an artist. Herman's early work demonstrates a debt to Pieter Molijn and Jan van Goyen. From the 1650s on, he traveled extensively in the Rhine valley, focusing on native Dutch landscapes. He recorded these journeys in numerous sketches, which he worked up into the many paintings, prints, and finished drawings that he produced in the latter part of his life.

    This mountainous river landscape with scattered castles and tiny, active figures is both topographically accurate and idealized. The colorful palette typifies Saftleven's work from the 1680s. He was widely known and admired during his lifetime and much copied after his death by artists such as Jan Griffier I and his sons.

    The present painting will be included in the forthcoming second edition of the catalogue raisonné of the artist by Dr. Wolfgang Schulz.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Amsterdam.
    with Noortman Master Paintings, Maastricht.
    Noortman Master Paintings; Sotheby's, New York, 26 January 2006, lot 135 ($96,000 to the present owner).
    Private collection, New York.