PIETER DE MOLYN (LONDON C. 1595-C. 1661 HAARLEM)
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PIETER DE MOLYN (LONDON C. 1595-C. 1661 HAARLEM)

A LANDSCAPE WITH PEASANTS RESTING ON A KNOLL, A TOWER BEYOND

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PIETER DE MOLYN (LONDON C. 1595-C. 1661 HAARLEM)
A LANDSCAPE WITH PEASANTS RESTING ON A KNOLL, A TOWER BEYOND
SIGNED 'PMolyn' (P and M in monogram, lower left)
oil on panel
10 x 14¼ in. (25.4 x 35.9)
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Lot Essay

The artist was one of the leading figures of Dutch seventeenth-century landscape painting and the master of Allaert van Everdingen. One of the earliest exponents of tonal painting (seen, for example, in his 'Sandy Road': a dune landscape with trees and a wagon in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Brunswick), his oeuvre has been seen as forming a bridge between the manneristic devices of the previous century and the new naturalism of the seventeenth century.

The earliest evidence of Molyn's presence in the Netherlands is his entry at the age of twenty-one into the Guild of Saint Luke in Haarlem in 1616, although no dated works by him before 1625 are known. Throughout the 1630s and 1640s Molyn held the office of Dean and Commissioner in the Guild of Saint Luke, and in 1637-8 was the Guild's alms collector. Although Houbraken devoted only a small entry to him, he was appreciated as one of the foremost artists of his day by Samuel Ampzing (Beschryvinge der stad Haarlem in Holland, Haarlem, 1628) and Theodor Schrevelius (Harlemum, Haarlem, 1647). A measure of his contemporaries' admiration for him may be judged by his being buried in St. Bavo's cathedral, Haarlem.

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