Moonlit Landscape with a View of the New Amstel River and Castle Kostverloren

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Moonlit Landscape with a View of the New Amstel River and Castle Kostverloren


Aert van der Neer (Dutch, 1603/1604 - 1677)






Oil on panel


57.5 x 89.9 cm (22 5/8 x 35 3/8 in.)

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A fiery glow charges the sky in Aert van der Neer's view along the New Amstel River. While most Dutch landscape painters in the 1600s used cloud-filled blue skies to endow their work with a powerful presence, van der Neer mastered the genre of nocturnal landscapes. In this painting, the moon commands attention. Its light is filtered over the scene, emphasizing the river's watery surface and the outlines of trees and reeds. Two small figures at right are also highlighted by the moonlight.

Van der Neer usually depicted imaginary places in his landscape paintings. In this rare example, however, he painted an identifiable landmark, the Castle Kostverloren. The evocative river setting, painted inside a studio, is not accurate. During the 1600s, Dutch artists typically composed idealized scenes with imaginary skies while indoors.

- 1913

Unknown Collection [sold, N.J.W. Smallenberg van Stellendamm et al. sale, Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, May 6, 1913, lot 73, probably to Gustav and Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.]

1913 - 1950

Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1870 - 1950 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany)

1913 - 1950

and Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1886 - 1957 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany), upon his death, retained by Bertha Krupp von Bohle.

1950 - probably 1957

Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1886 - 1957 (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany), probably by inheritance within the Krupp family, probably 1957.

1957 - 1980

Krupp Family Collection (Villa Hügel, Essen, Germany), with the dissolution of the Krupp family collection, to Irmgard Eilenstein, 1980.

1980 -

Irmgard (Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach) Eilenstein, 1912 - 1998

by 1984

Hoogsteder/Naumann, Ltd. (New York, New York)

by 1987 - 2000

Michal Hornstein (Montreal, Canada), sold through Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000.

Museum Folkwang Essen Zeigt in Villa Hügel, Kunstwerke aus Kirchen-, Museums-, und Privatbesitz (May 10 to September 30, 1953)
  • Villa Hügel, (Essen), May 10 to September 30, 1953
Aus der Gemäldesammlung der Familie Krupp (April 30 to October 31, 1965) (Cat. 67)
  • Villa Hügel, (Essen), April 30 to October 31, 1965
Masters of 17th-Century Dutch Landscape Painting (October 2, 1987 to July 31, 1988) (Cat. 59)
  • Rijksmuseum, (Amsterdam), October 2, 1987 to January 3, 1988
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, February 3 to May 1, 1988
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia), June 5 to July 31, 1988
Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light (April 24 to July 22, 2007) (Cat. 59)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 24 to July 22, 2007
The Moon: Houston, Tranquility base here. The eagle has landed (September 27, 2009 to January 10, 2010) (Cat. 59)
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 27, 2009 to January 10, 2010
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