Country House near the Water

Jan van Goyen (Dutch, Leiden 1596–1656 The Hague)

Oil on wood
14 3/8 x 13 in. (36.5 x 33 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
  • Gallery Label

    The building is an imaginary "hunting castle", the kind of picturesque retreat that appealed to busy urbanites. Van Goyen painted several similar pictures during the 1640s.

  • Catalogue Entry


  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (on boat): VG 1646

  • Provenance

    ?Leopold II, King of Belgium; [Kleinberger, Paris and New York; sold to Friedsam]; Michael Friedsam, New York (by 1917–d. 1931)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Michael Friedsam Collection," November 15, 1932–April 9, 1933, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscape Paintings," May 14–September 30, 1934, no. 18.

    San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts. "Golden Gate International Exposition," 1940, no. 187.

    Dayton Art Institute. "The City by the River and the Sea: Five Centuries of Skylines," April 18–June 3, 1951, no. 28 (as "Chateau Van der Bos near Dordrecht").

    Hempstead, N.Y. Hofstra College. "Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces," June 26–September 1, 1952, no. 16.

    Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. June 15–July 31, 1955, no. ?

    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.

  • References

    Guy Pène du Bois. "Famous American Collections: The Collection of Mr. Michael Friedsam." Arts and Decoration 7 (June 1917), p. 402.

    Wilhelm R. Valentiner in The Michael Friedsam Collection. [completed 1928], p. 20, as a good example from the artist's later period.

    Hans-Ulrich Beck. "Katalog der Gemälde." Jan van Goyen, 1596–1656. 2, Amsterdam, 1973, p. 88, no. 179.

    "The Netherlands and the German-speaking Countries: Fifteenth–Nineteenth Centuries." Wadsworth Atheneum Paintings. Catalogue 1, Hartford, 1978, p. 146, under no. 60, compares it to Van Goyen's "Dutch River Scene" (Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford) of 1645.

    Hans-Ulrich Beck. "Ergänzungen zum Katalog der Handzeichnungen und Ergänzungen zum Katalog der Gemälde." Jan van Goyen, 1596–1656. 3, Doornspijk, The Netherlands, 1987, p. 162, no. 179, ill.

    Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 1, pp. 236–37, no. 52, colorpl. 52.