(b. ca. 1567, Mechelen, d. after 1624, Prague)


after 1600
Pen, brush, brown ink, wash, 197 x 309 mm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Reality and fantasy are combined in most of Stevens's works, as is also evidenced by the present drawing. The stones of various sizes in the foreground and the waterfall are a manifestation of his interest in nature. The weir built from simple wooden piles is depicted in a matter-of-fact way; however, the huge cliff with its bizarre form rising up behind it changes the whole of the composition as it is placed prominently and appeals to decorativity and fantastical.

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