NEER, Aert van der
(b. 1603/04, Amsterdam, d. 1677, Amsterdam)

Estuary Landscape by Moonlight

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Oil on panel, 63 x 76 cm
Private collection

This painting is a fine and characteristic example of Van der Neer's nocturnal estuary scenes for which he was much admired, both in his own day and in subsequent centuries. Most of these nocturnal scenes take place by moonlight, sometimes with the moon removed outside the picture space or hidden behind a bank of clouds for greater dramatic effect, as here. The detail of the figures gathered around a camp-fire in the lower right foreground shows the influence of the works of Van der Neer's brother Raphael Govaertsz. Camphuysen.

The painting is signed with monogram lower right: AVDN.

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