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Artwork: Nicolaes Berchem - Evening Landscape with ruins, resting Peasants and Cattle
Size: 48 x 63.5 cm
Medium: Oil on panel.
Creation year: 1643
Marks: Signed lower right, dated 1643 in the lower right corner.
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Provenance: Private collection, Austria.
Lot Number: 567
Notes: Restored. Minor damage. Framed; Nicolaes Berchem was an important, very versatile Dutch artist. First he worked on the landscapes of his home country, later he painted mainly Italian sceneries, sometimes with mythological and biblical subjects. His earlier works of art - as well as the present painting - are characterized by a golden blond (W. Bernt) tone, which later on should be clearly coloured and brightened. The present painting was created before the artists stay in Italy, but already characterizes his compositional principles. Berchems paintings should always vary these compositions with dominant rock and ruin depictions, which are enlivened with figures. Berchem found models for his ruins - before he got to know the countless ancient ruins of Italy - also in his Dutch homeland. The ruins of Brederode Castle in North Holland, for example, served as a model for his paintings, as did later on the remains of Roman aqueducts, stone bridges and ancient buildings.