This ambitious work is one of the artist’s first compositions on a large scale. The foreground is somewhat awkwardly arranged, but the sunlit plain in the distance seems to announce Koninck’s mature style of panoramic landscape painting. Earlier Dutch landscape and marine painters had surveyed sweeping views of earth and sky, but Koninck (who knew Rembrandt well) introduces dramatic contrasts of light and shadow and a sense of nature as a constantly changing force.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): P. koninck / 164[9?]
sale [de Smeth and others], Lebrun, Paris, April 15ff., 1811, no. 82, for Fr 430 to Henri; John Pemberton Heywood, Norris Green, Lancashire, and Cloverly Hall, Shropshire (until 1893; posthumous sale, Christie's, London, June 10, 1893, no. 54, for 900 gns. [£945] to Quilter); Harry Quilter, London (until 1906; his sale, Christie's, London, April 7, 1906, no. 128, for £787.10.0 to Weatherly); [R. Langton Douglas and another dealer, London, until 1911; sold to MMA]
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Artist: Philips Koninck (Dutch, Amsterdam 1619–1688 Amsterdam)Date: late 1650sMedium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, over traces of red chalk, heightened with white gouache, with framing line in pen and brown ink. Laid down.Accession: 2001.500On view in:Not on view