Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam circa 1609-1685 Utrecht) A Rhenish riverlandscape 53.4 x 71.2 cm. (21 x
Lot 103
Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam circa 1609-1685 Utrecht) A Rhenish riverlandscape 53.4 x 71.2 cm. (21 x 28 in.)
Sold for £66,000 (US$ 105,922) inc. premium

Lot Details
(n/a) Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam circa 1609-1685 Utrecht)
A Rhenish riverlandscape with a figures loading barges in the foreground and travellers resting on a hillside nearby
signed and dated 'Herman Saftleven f 1650' (lower left)
oil on canvas
53.4 x 71.2 cm. (21 x 28 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Kunsthandel Van der Meer, Amsterdam 1963
    Collection of De Heer en Mevrouw van de Loo-van Ryckevorsel van Kessel, Amsterdam, 1964
    The Linda and Gerald Guterman Collection, Sotheby's New York, 14 January 1988, lot 35 (sold $121,000)
    J.P.Schneider Jr. Collection, Frankfurt-am-Main
    Private Collection, Campione d'Italia

    EXHIBITED:
    Zee-, Rivier- en Oevegezichten, Dordrecht Museum, 12 July-14 September 1964, no.69, illus. 62
    The Gold Ambience: Dutch Landscape Painting in the Seventeenth Century, Minskoff Cultural Centre, New York (to benefit the Appeal of Conscience Foundation), 1985, cat. no. 16
    Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Landscape, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 3 February - 1 May 1988, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, 5 June - 31 July 1988, no. 97 (catalogue entry by Peter C.Sutton)

    LITERATURE:
    Weltkunst, 1 November 1963, p. 100
    Wolfgang Schulz, Herman Saftleven, Berlin, 1982, cat. no. 64

    The brother and pupil of Cornelis Saftleven, Herman Saftleven began his career with paintings of barn interiors. However, in the very late 1640s he turned to the subject matter for which he is best known, Rhenish landscapes both of known views and of his own creation. The artist was familiar with the Rhine and its surrounding valleys as he was a frequent visitor and compiled a large number of drawings of the area. Schutz describes this and another Rehinphantasie(op.cit. cat.no.63) of 1650 as the 'Hauptwerke' of that year. It is at this time that the artist started to move away from more topographical views to imaginary Rhine landscapes. In the present work, the river valley is realistically depicted but the vertiginous, rocky banks and the raised viewpoint serve to heighten the dramatic potential of the landscape.
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