Landscape

Object Details

Title:

Landscape

Artist/Maker(s):

Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599 - 1641)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1640

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and watercolor

Dimensions:

18.9 x 36.4 cm (7 7/16 x 14 5/16 in.)

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Amidst the soft, feathery trees in this English landscape, a subtly rendered house at the right suggests a human presence. Though this country view seems spontaneous, the scene is thoughtfully arranged around the prominent central tree. Anthony van Dyck's rich and translucent colors and the freshness of his watercolor and pen accents lend an almost impressionistic tone to the drawing.

Van Dyck regularly sketched from life during relaxed interludes, all the while successfully creating coherent, unified compositions. This watercolor probably records a momentary impression created while at leisure, but it may also have served as a study for the background of a painting. While in England, van Dyck developed a pastoral style that often presented portrait sitters in a landscape.

Provenance

N.A. Flinck

William Cavendish, second duke of Devonshire, English, 1673 - 1729, by descent to the current duke

Art Market New York

July 3, 1984

Christie's (London), lot 58

Exhibitions
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (1949) (29; Cat. by A.E. Popham, et al.)
  • Arts Council England, (London), 1949
Le Cento Opere di van Dyck (June to August 1955) (104)
  • Palazzo dell' Academia, (Genoa), June to August, 1955
Antoon van Dyck: Tekeningen en olieverfschetsen (July 1 to August 31 1960) (121; Cat. by R.A. d'Hulst and H. Vey)
  • Rubenshuis, (Antwerp), July 1 to August 31, 1960
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, (Rotterdam), September 10 to September 6, 1960
Paintings and Drawings by Van Dyck (February 28 to March 24 1960) (58; Cat. by O. Millar)
  • Nottingham University Art Gallery, (Nottingham), February 28 to March 24, 1960
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection (1962 to 1963) (84; Cat. by A.E. Popham)
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland), 1962 to 1963
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Canada, (Ottawa), 1962 to 1963
  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, (San Francisco), 1962 to 1963
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, 1962 to 1963
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), 1962 to 1963
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1962 to 1963
Old Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition from the Devonshire Collection (July 5 to August 21 1969) (84; Cat. by A.E. Popham)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), July 5 to August 21, 1969
The Age of Charles I: Painting in England 1620-1649 (1972) (121; Cat. by O. Millar)
  • Tate Britain, (London), 1972
Old Master Drawings from Chatsworth (January 25 to March 23, 1975) (80)
  • National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo), January 25 to March 23, 1975
Old Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition from the Duke of Devonshire (April to July 1977) (29)
  • The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), April to July, 1977
Drawings by Anthony van Dyck (February 12 to August 11, 1991) (Cat. by C. Brown)
  • Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York), February 12 to April 21, 1991
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), June 1 to August 11, 1991
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992) (Cat. by C. Brown)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Flemish Drawings in the Age of Rubens (October 15 to November 28, 1993) (Cat. by C. Brown)
  • Wellesley College Museum, (Wellesley), October 15 to November 28, 1993
Flemish Drawings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (August 29 to November 12, 1995) (Cat. by C. Brown)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 29 to November 12, 1995
The Light of Nature: Landscape Drawings and Watercolors by Van Dyck and His Contemporaries (May 15 to November 28, 1999) (22; Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 10, 12, 13, 37, 80, 104, 106, 107, 108, 164, 174.)
  • Rubenshuis, (Antwerp), May 15 to August 22, 1999
  • The British Museum, (London), September 10 to November 28, 1999
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (22; Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 10, 12, 13, 37, 80, 104, 106, 107, 108, 164, 174.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors (October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005) (22; Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 10, 12, 13, 37, 80, 104, 106, 107, 108, 164, 174.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005
The Poetry of Paper (July 23 to October 20, 2013) (22; Cat. by M. Royalton-Kisch, see also pp. 10, 12, 13, 37, 80, 104, 106, 107, 108, 164, 174.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 23 to October 20, 2013
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