9 December 2009
Jan Josefsz. van Goyen (Leiden 1596-1656 The Hague)
An estuary with a small ship being caulked in the foreground
with remains of a monogram and date 'VG 1653' (lower left)
oil on panel
12 7/8 x 16 in. (32.5 x 42.6 cm.)
with Leonard Koetser, London, from whom purchased by H. Dormond, 21 January 1970.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 4 October 2007, lot 5 (sold for $157,000, including premium).
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H.-U. Beck, Jan van Goyen 1596-1656, II, Augsburg, 1973, p. 394, no. 875A.
London, Leonard Koetser Gallery, Autumn 1969, no. 6.
The more varied range of tones in the present work, as well as the treatment of the figures and boats, has much in common with van Goyen's style of the late 1640s; however, the dynamic brushwork in the sky is typical of the paintings executed between 1652 and the artist's death in 1656. The freely-painted clouds are as much his subject as the shore scene below, and although the water remains calm, the darker clouds gathering at right suggest the uneasy quiet before an impending storm.
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