• Landscape with a Windmill

    Artist:
    Neer, Aert van der. 1603-1677
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    69x92 cm

Neer, Aert van der. 1603-1677

Landscape with a Windmill

Holland, circa 1646

In the 1640s a tendency to heighten the emotional content of paintings emerged in Dutch landscape. This led to an increase in the role of light and colour in a work. In Aert van der Neer’s oeuvre these new features can be traced most clearly. You are looking now at one of the best known works in the artist’s legacy – Landscape with a Windmill. The Hermitage possesses 11 works by Van der Neer, over half of which are variants featuring moonlight. The artist was the first to introduce such a twist to the genre in Dutch art. But in his sunlit landscapes too the artist gave preference to morning or evening hours, when the tinted medium of light and air enabled him to produce striking sunsets and sunrises. The peaceful contest between the last gleams of the sun that has just disappeared below the horizon behind the windmill and the dusk that has enveloped the river valley with its marshy banks does not give the impression of a dramatic struggle. Landscape with a Windmill is a peaceful drift into sleep for nature and man worn out by the day’s activities. Light is present here even in the deepest shadows. The nocturnes that Van der Neer painted were not particularly popular with his contemporaries. The artist could not feed his large family with his work. The mysterious charms of the night and the magical enchantment of twilight came to be truly appreciated only considerably later, during the age of Romanticism.

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Landscape with a Windmill

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oil

Dimensions:

69x92 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1805; formerly in the collection of the jeweller Duval in Petersburg

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-927

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