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    Sale 7632

    Old Master & British Pictures (Evening Sale)

    2 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    Jan Josefsz. van Goyen (Leiden 1596-1656 The Hague)

    An extensive landscape with travellers at an inn

    Price Realised  

    Jan Josefsz. van Goyen (Leiden 1596-1656 The Hague)
    An extensive landscape with travellers at an inn
    signed with monogram and dated 'VG 1652' (lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    18½ x 25¼ in. (47 x 64.1 cm.)


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    Recorded by Beck (loc. cit.) under 'lost paintings', this beautifully preserved canvas has not been seen in public since its sale at Christie's in 1887. It joins around twenty-five known paintings by Van Goyen from 1652, the majority of which - like this example - are characterised by great fluency of handling and the use of a monochrome palette. Van Goyen briefly returned to monochromatic painting from circa 1650/51 choosing to render his landscapes in finely graded tones of brownish colour. In this example, the rendition of detail, light and spatial depth using such a restricted tonal range is remarkable.

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    Provenance

    Robert Prioleau Roupell; Christie's, London, 25 June 1887, lot 11 (30 gns. to Colnaghi).
    with Colnaghi, London, 1887, and acquired shortly afterwards by
    Consul H.C. Bodmer, Zurich.
    Mrs. H. von Schultess-Bodmer, Schloss Au, Switzerland, and by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen, Amsterdam, 1973, II, p. 524, no. 1280.o, as on panel (?), under lost paintings.