View of Duurstede Castle at Wijk bij Duurstede

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Object Details

Title:

View of Duurstede Castle at Wijk bij Duurstede

Artist/Maker(s):

Jan van Goyen (Dutch, 1596 - 1656)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1649

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

52.4 x 73.8 cm (20 5/8 x 29 1/16 in.)

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In Jan van Goyen's world, the sky goes on forever, the land is broad and flat, and the air is almost palpable. The water, nearly glass-smooth, reflects clouds, castle and boats gliding across it. A coach-and-four with red-coated coachman and passengers skates across on a ferry, lobster fishermen draw up their net, and cows complacently drink in the tranquility. A restrained palette of blue, silvery gray, and pale green envelops the castle of Wijk, making it seem more a fairy-tale place than an actual building near Duurstede, a town southeast of Utrecht where the Rhine forks.

Van Goyen consistently showed skill in rendering nearly monochrome landscapes and recording the subtly shifting tonal effects of the moist Dutch air. This painting exemplifies a new phase of Dutch landscape painting established about 1630, which was distinguished by modest, domestic subject matter, a low vantage point, and a palette limited in color but richly varied in tone.

Provenance
about 1800 -

Gaudry Family, by inheritance to Mme. Gaudry.

Mme. Gaudry (Paris, France)

by 1954

Eugene Slatter Gallery (London, England)

- 1959

D. G. Stirling [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 24, 1959, lot 62, through Estorick to J. Paul Getty.]

1959 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Masters (May 5 to July 14, 1954) (Cat. 2)
  • Eugene Slatter Gallery, (London), May 5 to July 14, 1954
Rembrandt and His Time (October 8, 2005 to January 8, 2006) (Cat. 3)
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, (Milwaukee), October 8, 2005 to January 8, 2006
Bibliography

Alloway, Lawrence. "Art News from London." Art News 53 (September 1954), p. 42, ill.

"Dutch and Flemish Masters at the Slatter Gallery." Connoisseur 133, no. 538 (June 1954), p. 257, ill.

"Dutch and Flemish Art Exhibited: Works by Well-Known Painters." The Illustrated London News (May 8, 1954), p. 769, ill.

Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Masters, exh. cat. (London: Eugene Slatter, 1954), unpaginated, no. 2, ill.

Sotheby's, London. Catalogue of Important Old Master Paintings [...]. June 24, 1959, p. 38, lot 62, ill.

Beck, Hans-Ulrich. Jan van Goyen, 1596-1656: ein Oeuvreverzeichnis. Vol. 2, Katalog der Gemälde (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co., 1973), p. 318, no. 697, ill.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986), p. 144.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 56, ill.

Walsh, John, and Deborah Gribbon. The J. Paul Getty Museum and Its Collections: A Museum for the New Century (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 22, ill.

Winters, Laurie, David de Witt, and Mary Weaver Chapin. Rembrandt and His Time: Selected Paintings, exh. cat. (Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2005), pp. 14-15, no. 3, ill., entry by Mary Weaver Chapin.