A Village Festival with Musicians Playing Outside a Tent

Object Details

Title:

A Village Festival with Musicians Playing Outside a Tent

Artist/Maker(s):

Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596 - 1656)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1653

Medium:

Black chalk and gray wash

Dimensions:

17 x 27.7 cm (6 11/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

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With energetic and varied strokes of black chalk, Jan van Goyen described a crowded village festival. A large tent has been erected in front of the church on the left and hung with a flag. On a raised platform in front of it, three musicians play the fiddle and tambourine while townsfolk sit and listen. A covered carriage draws up to the scene, and a couple greets the new arrivals. In the center of the field, two other stalls provide shelter for those selling their wares.

Van Goyen took full advantage of the diverse action to create a lively and entertaining composition. Peasant sellers and elegant and ordinary shoppers alike discuss and examine the varied goods for sale. Using fluid strokes, van Goyen suggested people's faces with circles and the outlines of buildings, animals, and foliage with rapid, vivid lines.

Van Goyen frequently traveled about the Netherlands as a picture dealer, valuer, and speculator in tulip bulbs, land, and houses. Based on the sights he had seen on his trips, he made many elaborate drawings like this one in his studio.

Exhibitions
17th Century Dutch Drawings (July 21 to October 4, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 21 to October 4, 1992
Dutch Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (August 16 to October 23, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 16 to October 23, 1994
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Dutch Drawings of the Golden Age (May 28 to August 25, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 28 to August 25, 2002
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005
Recent Acquisitions in Context (September 16 to December 14, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 16 to December 14, 2008