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Landscape at Sunset

Artist:
Aert van der Neer (Dutch, Gorinchem 1603/4–1677 Amsterdam)
Date:
1650s
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 x 28 1/8 in. (50.8 x 71.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 638
A keen eye for effects of light distinguishes the landscape paintings of Aert van der Neer. Here, the artist turned his attention to the sun setting over a river, with brilliantly illuminated pink and yellow clouds casting their reflections onto the water below. In the foreground, wayfarers of various social classes move along a serpentine road that draws the eye back toward a village in the distance. In its coloration and anecdotal detail, the painting reveals Van der Neer’s awareness of landscapes by such Flemish contemporaries as Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens.
Forthcoming
Inscription: Signed (lower center): AV DN [monogram]
[Duveen, Paris, London, and New York, until 1907; sold for £9,500 to Morgan]; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1907–d. 1913; his estate, 1913–17)
Memphis. Brooks Memorial Art Gallery. "Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 1–June 23, 1982, no catalogue?

Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Museum of Art. "Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," August 28–November 28, 1982, no catalogue?

Hamilton, N.Y. Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. "Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 6–April 17, 1983, no. 6.

Rochester, N.Y. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. "Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 3–June 5, 1983, no. 6.

Amarillo, Tex. Amarillo Art Center. "Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 22–July 31, 1983, no. 6.

New York. Minskoff Cultural Center. "The Golden Ambiance: Dutch Landscape Painting in the Seventeenth Century," May 19–June 2, 1985, no. 8.

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 2.

Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 2.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

C[ornelis]. Hofstede de Groot. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. Ed. Edward G. Hawke. Vol. 7, London, 1923, p. 345, no. 62, as from the Morgan collection and on loan to the Museum since 1911.

Stephanie Dickey et al. Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University. Hamilton, N.Y., 1983, pp. 10, 22–23, no. 6, ill., dates it to probably the 1640s.

Walter A. Liedtke. The Golden Ambiance: Dutch Landscape Painting in the Seventeenth Century. Exh. cat., Minskoff Cultural Center. New York, 1985, no. 8, ill. (color), dates it to probably the 1640s.

Esmée Quodbach. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 65 (Summer 2007), pp. 35, 37.

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 509–10, no. 130, colorpl. 130, favors a dating in the 1650s based on "a variety of stylistic considerations".



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