Barend Cornelis Koekkoek - Large Winter Landscape - image-1

Lot 2250 Dα

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek - Large Winter Landscape

Auction 1221 - overview Cologne
20.05.2023, 14:00 - 19th Century
Estimate: 150.000 € - 160.000 €

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Large Winter Landscape

Oil on canvas (relined). 82 x 104 cm.
Signed and dated lower left: B. C. Koekkoek 1834.

This imposing winter landscape is one of the early large format works by the Dutch landscape painter. After a "Summer Landscape" painted in 1830 (98 x 128 cm, Gorissen 30/98) and a "Mountain Landscape" painted in 1833, once in the possession of Queen Wilhelmina, this picture is an impressive example of Barend Cornelis Koekkoek's landscape painting.
The viewer's gaze begins at a tree-covered rock face on the left edge of the picture and is led into the distance by means of a path and the course of a river.

The painting was created in 1834, the year B. C. Koekkeok moved to Kleve. Although it is a rather early work, it already combines all the characteristics and quality of this great landscape painter: the masterly perspective, the detailed depiction of nature and the atmosphere. The evening light shimmers slightly golden through the bare and snow-covered branches of a group of trees in the centre and illuminates the few clouds in the sky from below.

A lone farmer drives his loaded mules past a chapel that stands to the left of the path. Koekkeok had by then already found the tone and mood for his paintings, which were to be celebrated throughout Europe.


Kunsthandlung Douwes, Amsterdam. - Lempertz Cologne, 26.10.1926, lot 109. - Lempertz Cologne, 9./10.05.1983, lot 328. - Private collection, Hesse.


F. Gorissen: B. C. Koekkoek. Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, 1962, 34/84