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Boating Party on a River

Artist:
Jan van Goyen (Dutch, Leiden 1596–1656 The Hague)
Date:
1651
Medium:
Black chalk with pale washes (reddish brown in the sky, greenish gray in the water, green and gray in the trees, red in the figure in the boat).
Dimensions:
7 13/16 x 11 15/16 in. (19.9 x 30.4 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.775
Not on view
Jan van Goyen made hundreds of chalk sketches from nature in his travels around the Netherlands. This river scene may have been first drawn in chalk with brown and possibly gray washes; the uncharacteristic colored washes are a later addition. The scenery is modeled on the village of Leiderdorp, situated on the Oude Rijn near Leiden. Its inhabitants add a lively touch to this otherwise spare sheet.
Signature: Signed and dated on the stern of the boat in the foreground: VG 1651

Marking: Watermark: crowned double-headed eagle with the coats of arms of Basel.
Madame E. Warneck, Paris; Warneck sale, Hôtel Drouot Paris, 10 May 1905, lot 169; [Warneck] sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris 22 December 1924, lot 70, ill.; [Lock Galleries, New York] Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1960.
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