Boating Party on a River

Jan van Goyen Dutch

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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.

Boating Party on a River, Jan van Goyen (Dutch, Leiden 1596–1656 The Hague), 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).

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