BROUWER, Adriaen
(b. ca. 1605, Oudenaerde, d. 1638, Antwerpen)

Dune Landscape by Moonlight

Oil on oak, 25 x 34 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Adriaen Brouwer, a Fleming who worked with Frans Hals in Haarlem, later went on to Antwerp, where he was much admired by Rubens, who collected many of his coarse, uncompromising scenes of peasant life. Surprisingly, Brouwer's landscapes can have an almost Romantic quality, not that far from those of Rubens but sketchier and more in the modern manner, as in this Dune Landscape by Moonlight.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 16 minutes):
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor op. 27 No. 2 (Moonlight)