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Winter Landscape with Skaters and Fishermen

Artist:
Jan van Goyen (Dutch, Leiden 1596–1656 The Hague)
Date:
1647
Medium:
Black chalk with gray wash; two framing lines, the first in brush and gray ink by Van Goyen himself, the second in pen and dark brown ink added later.
Dimensions:
4 7/16 x 7 11/16 in. (11.3 x 19.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.779
Not on view
Known for tonal, monochromatic landscape paintings in his later years, the Haarlem artist Jan van Goyen made hundreds of chalk drawings from nature in his travels throughout Holland, the Southern Netherlands, and the area around Cleve. Although many of these scenes ultimately informed his paintings, rarely were they directly preparatory. This winter view of 1647 appears to have no painted corollary and the site has not been identified.
Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right: VG 1647

Marking: Watermark: fleur de lys in a crowned shield with the letters LR under it.
Annotated on the verso in pencil: GN (probably Gustav Nebehay)
John Postle Heseltine, London; Heseltine sale, F. Muller, Amsterdam, 27-28 May 1913, lot 104, ill.; [Gustav Nebehay, Vienna]; H.E. ten Cate, Almelo (Lugt 533b on the verso); [C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf] (December 1964 catalogue, no. 43); [H.N. Bier, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1965.
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