Jan Wijnants - LANDSCAPE WITH A STREET AT THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
LANDSCAPE WITH A STREET AT THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
Oil on panel. 28 x 38 cm.
Although unsigned, this painting is a characteristic work by the Haarlem painter Jan Wijnants. According to older literature, the attribution was never questioned. The work combines the typical elements of Wijnants' style in a most exemplary manner. On a hilly landscape, a path lined by mature and strong young trees leads into the distance. Figures move along, among them a hunter, a rider and other country people. Jan Wijnants never seems to have painted the figures, and the staffage is not by his hand. In this case, Hofstede de Groot as well as Eisele believe it to be Adrian van de Velde's hand. In the distance, the view fades into a delicate hillside still lit by the setting sun. Wijnants' paintings often have a nocturnal character derived from the brownish-yellow tone and the shady foreground.
Reimer Collection, Berlin. - Baumgärtner Collection, Leipzig. - Alphons Dürr Collection, Leipzig. - J. Th. Cremer Collection, Amsterdam. - Sotheby´s Mark van Waay, Amsterdam 17. 11.1980, no. 19. - Kunsthandel Nystad, The Hague. - Kunsthandel Müllenmeister, Solingen 1986. - Private collection, Germany.
C. Hofstede de Groot: Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, vol. 8, p. 596, no. 538. - Klaus Eisele: Jan Wijnants. Oeuvrekatalog, Stuttgart 2000, no. 238, ill. 238.
Leipzig 1889, no. 267.