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    Sale 11936

    Old Masters: Part II

    14 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 251

    Jan Wijnants (?Haarlem c. 1635-1684 Amsterdam)

    Landscape with cattle being driven along a country road

    Price Realised  


    Jan Wijnants (?Haarlem c. 1635-1684 Amsterdam)
    Landscape with cattle being driven along a country road
    signed 'Jwijnants' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    15 7/8 x 19 1/3 in. (40.5 x 49 cm.)

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    Born in Haarlem but working in Amsterdam from 1660, Jan Wijnants was one of the preeminent Dutch artists of the second half of the 17th century who began moving away from the restricted palette that dominated his countrymen's landscapes of the 1620s and 1630s. His paintings are predominately landscapes and dunescapes, following the tradition established by Pieter de Molijn, Philips Wouwerman, Jacob van Ruisdael and others. The use of a fallen tree trunk in the present composition is a device often associated with Van Ruisdael; the juxtaposition of a verdant countryside with dead wood would have alluded to the transience of life.

    Wijnants' work greatly appealed to the 18th-century English taste for Dutch landscapes, and his pictures influenced artists such as François Boucher and Thomas Gainsborough. The staffage in the present work has been attributed to Johannes Lingelbach (1622-1674), who often collaborated with Wijnants.


    J. E Fordham; Christie's, London, 25 May 1867, lot 123 (145 gns.), where acquired by the following.
    Private noble collection, and by descent; Christie's, London, 8 July 1988, lot 27.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 1 June 1990, lot 111, where acquired by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    K. Eisele, Jan Wijnants (1631/1632- 1684): ein niederländischer Maler der Ideallandschaft im goldenen Jahrhundert, Stuttgart, 2000, p. 162, no. 186, fig. 186.