GOYEN, Jan van
(b. 1596, Leiden, d. 1656, Den Haag)

View of the Haarlemmermeer

Oil on panel, 35 x 51 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Like Jacob van Ruisdael, Van Goyen painted sky for the most part, in this case a sombre mass of clouds. The landscape, offering a view of the watery area near Haarlem called the Haarlemmermeer, is painted in several closely related shades of brown, ochre-yellow, blue, and green. The tonal colour scheme contributes to the specifically Dutch atmosphere of this landscape, in which sky and water form the most important elements.

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