Allart van Everdingen
1621 Alkmaar - 1675 Amsterdam
Mountainous Landscape with Travellers
Oil on panel. 38 x 32 cm.
Signed lower left on a stone: Everdinge(..)..
Dr. M. Bonn collection, Berlin. - Christie´s London, 15th April 1992. - Julius Böhler art dealers, Munich 1993. - Private collection, Germany.
A. I. Davis: Allart van Everdingen 1621 - 1675. First Painter of Scandinavian Landscape, 2001, p. 222, nr. 49, illus. 49.
Allart van Everdingen was first taught by Roeland Savery in Utrecht and later by the landscape painter Pieter Molyn. However, it was a trip to Sweden and Norway made in the early 1640s which was to have a greater impact on his later works, and on Netherlandish painting as a whole. It was upon this sojourn that he first witnessed the wild waterfalls, raging torrents, rocky shores and dark pines typical of his later works, which are considered to be the first Scandinavian landscape paintings ever made. It was Jacob Ruisdael who perfected this genre, but generations of artists and connoisseurs have since honoured Everdingen for his talent, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the Swiss painter Salomon Gessner. Everdingen also enjoyed special acclaim among the Romantic artists, primarily Dahl, but also Waldmüller, Johann Georg Wille and Andreas Achenbach, who all made practice copies of his works and borrowed from his motifs.
The present painting is an unusual addition to Allart van Everdingen's oeuvre - rather than depicting a closeup of nature, this piece opens up towards the center and allows us a glimpse into the distance.