The Huis ten Bosch at The Hague and Its Formal Garden (View from the East)

Jan van der Heyden Dutch

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Both an artist and an inventor (among other urban improve­ments, he conceived the fire pump), Van der Heyden specialized in precise and luminous cityscapes and views of country houses. These two jewel-like paintings depict Huis ten Bosch (House in the Woods), the country home of the widowed Princess of Orange and still a residence of the Dutch royal family today. Van der Heyden shows the house amid its formal garden of hedgerows, pavilions, and obelisks, peopled by laboring gardeners and strolling aristocrats. French-style gardens like this one expressed an ideal of nature brought entirely under human control, ordered and harmonious.

This painting was seized by the Nazis from Baron Karl Neuman (Charles Neuman de Végvár) in Paris and restituted to him by 1947.

The Huis ten Bosch at The Hague and Its Formal Garden (View from the East), Jan van der Heyden (Dutch, Gorinchem 1637–1712 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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