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PHILIPS WOUWERMAN (Haarlem 1619 - Haarlem 1668)

Figures on a Riverbank
Oil on panel (oval): 23.5 x 31.5 cm/ 9 1/4 x 12 3/8 inches

Signed with monogram lower left
On the banks of a river a hunter on horseback has stopped and listens to the instructions a youth gives him. The huntsman is accompanied by his elegantly attired lady, seated side saddle on her horse. On the left foreground a peasant mother sits resting and nursing her child. The youth is pointing to the water where a sloop with fishermen is visible. The hazy distance discloses a view on the opposite bank where a few small vessels are moored. There is a comical note in the right middle ground.

Philips Wouwerman left very few dated works. As a result it has only been possible to assess the artist?s stylistic development in rough outlines. It is therefore a precarious task to try to place the present work within that insecure framework. The costumes worn by the protagonists nevertheless provide some clue as to a possible date. The work could have been painted somewhere in the 1650s. In terms of style the subtle silvery tonality of our painting is particularly noteworthy. This feature was named by Frits Duparc as a specific hallmark of Wouwerman?s pictures from the beginning of the 1650s. Birgit Schumacher dates our painting to around 1648.

Provenance:
Sale London (Sotheby?s), 30 October 1985, no. 81, ill.
Private collection, Germany
With Salomon Lilian, Amsterdam, by 1996
With Noortman Gallery, Maastricht, 2004
Private collection, Netherlands

Literature:
B. Schumacher, Philips Wouwerman. The Horse Painter of the Golden Age, 2 vols., Doornspijk 2006, vol. 1, no. A345, p. 308, vol. 2, ill. no. 316

Artist biography:
Philips Wouwerman left very few dated works. As a result it has only been possible to assess the artist?s stylistic development in rough outlines. It is therefore a precarious task to try to place the present work within that insecure framework. The costumes worn by the protagonists nevertheless provide some clue as to a possible date. The work could have been painted somewhere in the 1650s. In terms of style the subtle silvery tonality of our painting is particularly noteworthy. This feature was named by Frits Duparc as a specific hallmark of Wouwerman?s pictures from the beginning of the 1650s. Birgit Schumacher dates our painting to around 1648.

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  • Origin : NETHERLANDS
  • Designer : PHILIPS WOUWERMAN

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