Forest Road at Evening

Object Details

Title:

Forest Road at Evening

Artist/Maker(s):

Lucas van Uden (Flemish, 1595 - 1672/1673)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

about 1640 - 1650

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and watercolor; framing line in brown ink

Dimensions:

18.7 x 28.9 cm (7 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

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Lucas van Uden often set out into the countryside early in the morning to make landscape sketches. This particular drawing of an imaginary, idyllic panorama was made as a highly finished, independent work of art and was probably an elaboration of one of his early morning sketches.

The composition displays van Uden's most familiar motifs, many of which derive from Peter Paul Rubens's work: cattle and the woman balancing a milk container on her head, the shimmering birch trees at left, and a path leading to a deep vista that opens onto a flat landscape punctuated by a church spire. Sunlight filters through the scintillating leaves of trees on the left, an effect that van Uden so favored that he often made it the focal point of his drawings.

Provenance

Francois-Auguste Renard, French, active 1850s

John McGowan, Edinburgh

T. Philippe, London [February 1, 1804, lot 706]

Private Collection

Christie's (Amsterdam) [December 1, 1986, lot 4]

Art Market London

Exhibitions
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (113)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (80)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Flemish Drawings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (August 29 to November 12, 1995) (80)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 29 to November 12, 1995
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000) (80)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (80)
  • 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) (80)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015) (80)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015