The Farrier

Aert van der Neer Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 615

Van der Neer’s preoccupation with light effects in nature led him to paint dozens of nocturnal views. In this case the warm light of a forge and a bonfire set off the cool glow and reflections of the moon. Recent conservation treatment has revealed the buttery yellow of the moon and the bright orange glow of the forge.

The Farrier, Aert van der Neer (Dutch, Gorinchem 1603/4–1677 Amsterdam), Oil on wood

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