Aert van der Neer (Amsterdam 1603-1677) A winter landscape with figures in the foreground collecting wood, in a French 18th Century carved frame

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Lot 8
Aert van der Neer
(Amsterdam 1603-1677)
A winter landscape with figures in the foreground collecting wood, in a French 18th Century carved frame

£ 30,000 - 50,000
US$ 40,000 - 67,000
Aert van der Neer (Amsterdam 1603-1677)
A winter landscape with figures in the foreground collecting wood, skaters and a village beyond
signed with monogram 'AV DN' (in ligature, lower right)
oil on canvas
97 x 109cm (38 3/16 x 42 15/16in).
in a French 18th Century carved frame

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale, Amsterdam, de Beuckelaer, 16 September, 1739, lot 133
    Collection of Baron Edmond de Beurnonville, Paris, 19th Century
    His sale, Paris, 9 May, 1881, lot 392, sold 3,000 francs
    With Frederick Muller, Amsterdam, circa 1885
    With J.L.Menke, Antwerp
    His sale, Brussels, Gallerie Le Roy, 1 June, 1904, lot 52
    With Alphonse Kann, Paris
    With Benedict, Berlin, 1927
    With Van Diemen and Co., Berlin, Paul Graupe, Berlin, 25 January, 1935, lot 40, illus.
    Sale, Berlin Paul Graupe, 20 October, 1936, lot 33
    Private collection, USA
    With Richard Feigen, New York, 1991
    Sale, Sotheby's London, 8 July, 1992, lot 59
    Private Collection Paris

    LITERATURE:
    Possibly Gerard Hoet and Peter Terwesten, Catalogus of Naamlyst van Schilderyen met derzelver pryzen, The Hague, vol.1, p. 606, no.133
    A. Bredius, 'Aernout van der Neer', in Oud Holland, XVIII, 1900, p.81
    C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der Hervorragensten Holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, vol.VII, 1923, p.207, no. 177, as by Jan van de Capelle
    Wolfgang Stetchow, Dutch Landscape Painting of the Seventeenth Century, 1966, p. 204, under note 46, as not by Jan van de Cappelle
    Margarita Russell, Jan van de Cappelle, 1975, p.88, citing Stetchow's opinion
    Fredo Bachmann, Aert van der Neer, 1982, p.143, as a lost work, citing Bredius, loc.cit
    Dr Wolfgang Schulz, Aert van der Neer, (Doornspijk, 2002), cat.no.91, illus. col. pl.20, and black and white pl.69

    Dr. Wolfgang Schulz describes the picture as follows: 'The dramatic atmosphere of the scene in this huge winter landscape is remarkable and nearly unique in Dutch representations of the winter...The painting, a late, ripe work around 1670, represents the apogee of Aert van der Neer's artistic work'.

    The present work is probably the painting that Bredius ('Aernout van der Neer', in Oud Holland, XVIII, 1900, p.81) saw in the 'Brakke Grond' (the nickname of the old Amsterdam auction room Frederick Muller) about 15 years before his writing on van der Neer, in 1900. Despite the fact that the picture he saw was regarded as a fake, and sold for a low price, Bredius remained convinced that the picture was indeed a late work by van der Neer. The description given by Bredius of 'a large winter landscape with a church, and with especially large staffage, peculiarly broad and vigorously painted with a Rembrandtesque brush', could refer to the present picture but is not conclusive.

    There can be no doubt, however, that the painting described by Hofstede de Groot in great detail is the lot offered here, and considered by him to be by Jan van de Cappelle. The confusion is understandable, given the subject and the broad and vigorous handling of the paint. The view expressed by Bredius and Bachmann, that van der Neer's late work is characterised by much larger figures and broader handling can be seen in other works by the artist (q.v: Bachmann, pl, 117 and 120).

    Sold with a certificate of authentification by Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, dated 16 December 2003.
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