A Mountainous Landscape with a Waterfall

Kerstiaen de Keuninck Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 613

De Keuninck continued the Flemish tradition of imaginary mountain scenery that descended from Joachim Patinir. This large panoramic landscape view, dominated by fantastic mountains and rock formations, is an early work by the artist. It employs contrasting pictorial effects—such as heavy passages of opaque paint set off against areas sketched in a very thin medium—and bold motifs like the watery spray formed by flicking the brush against the panel.

A Mountainous Landscape with a Waterfall, Kerstiaen de Keuninck (Flemish, Kortrijk ca. 1560–1632/33 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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