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  • Landscape with a Peasant Hut

    Artist:
    Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    28,5x43 cm

Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656

Landscape with a Peasant Hut

Holland, 1631

This is the earliest work by Jan van Goyen in the Hermitage. The artist chose a simple motif, a peasant house with a dilapidated roof and a little beyond the wooden fence. A little further off is some water, another hut on the other bank, and in the distance a boat with fishermen. Van Goyen was master of applying a variety of brushstrokes, which he used to skilfully sketch the whimsical curves of the roofs, to run winding lines along the fence, to put colourful touches to create the thick greenery of the trees. The characteristic features of van Goyen's early landscapes are a contrast between light and dark planes and the ability to extend the space into the depth taking away the viewer's eye from larger forms to those ever smaller, for instance the contrast of the group of peasants by the hut with the barely noticeable figure of a fisherman by the far shore.

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Landscape with a Peasant Hut

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oil

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28,5x43 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1915; handed over from the P.P. Semenov-Tyan-Shansky collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-3067

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