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  • Landscape with an Oak

    Artist:
    Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    83x105 cm

Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656

Landscape with an Oak

Holland, 1634

Van Goyen is famed for his marvellous landscapes, depicting his native Holland. In this typical work of the 1630s, we see a landscape with a peasant's cottage. The old house seems to have taken root in the ground just like the gnarled oak, and they form a comfortable pair. The simple landscape motif provokes thoughts on life and its meaning: the age-old oak has put out young shoots, birds fly towards it, attracted by the emerald green leaves, they perch on the roof of the decrepit cottage. Van Goyen uses a free painterly style, broad strokes conveying the texture of the tree roots. He creates a pattern of leaves with little spots of various shades of green. The somewhat sketchy figures of peasants and riders nonetheless reveal a keen observer's eye. Goyen's landscapes of the 1630s put particular emphasis to light, with sharp contrasts of light and shade, but he had yet to arrive at the unification of all the elements of the composition through a single harmonious tone and the creation of a sense of light and air.

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Landscape with an Oak

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oil

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83x105 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1920; formerly in the Gatchina Palace collection

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ГЭ-806

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