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    Sale 2769

    Old Master Pictures and Drawings

    14 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 183

    Salomon Rombouts (Haarlem 1655-before 1702 Florence?)

    A wooded river landscape with a farmyard and a dovecote

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    Salomon Rombouts (Haarlem 1655-before 1702 Florence?)
    A wooded river landscape with a farmyard and a dovecote
    indistinctly signed 'Rombouts' (lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    81.2 x 110.3 cm.

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    Salomon Rombouts, son of Gillis, belonged to the distinctive group of painters, known as the Haarlem landscape school, that adopted the popular pictorial schemes and sober style introduced by Jacob Isaacsz. van Ruisdael. Inspired by the beauty of nature in their Haarlem surroundings, they produced a wide range of compositions depicting spacious dune landscapes with bleaching fields, travellers on sandy tracks or everyday life around farmhouses and villages. Among these Haarlem landscapists were Roelof van Vries, Thomas Heeremans, Cornelis Decker, Jan Vermeer II of Haarlem, Gerrit van Hees, Claes Molenaer, Guillaume Dubois and Salomon Rombouts. Their celebrated pictures were highly appreciated and fetched equal prices on the open market. Rombouts moved to Italy at the age of circa thirty-four and he likely remained there until his death.

    The present lot is a fine example of Rombouts, as a late representative of the Haarlem School. Tall trees dominate the composition, whereas the small stream along a sandy path leads the eye towards distant dunes. Details such as the busy dovecote and the peasant woman exiting the house with a baking pan under her arm, all add to a vivid atmosphere to the tonal landscape.

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    with Heuschen, Wuppertal, 1952.
    Heinrich Vossmann, 1957.
    Michael Hainisch, Vienna.
    Since 25 years in the collection of the present owner.


    H.-J. Raupp, Landschaften und Seestücke, Münster, 2001, III, pp. 218-9, no. 56, illustrated.


    Paderborn, Städtische Galerie in der Reithalle Schloss Neuhaus, Schiffsbruch vor felsiger Küste-Niederländische Landschaften und Seestücke des 17. Jahrhunderts, 23 August-4 November 2001.
    Erfurt, Angermuseum, Unter weitem Himmel- Holländisch Landschaftsbilder des 'Goldenen Jahrhunderts' aus der Sammlung SØR Rusche, 10 February-21 April 2002.
    Dessau, Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie, Bauern, Fischer, Vagabunden-Niederländische Landschaftsmalerei des 17. Jahrhunderts aus der SØR Rusche Sammlung, 16 November 2003-6 January 2004.