A view of Amsterdam by Gerrit Berckheyde acquired by the Rijksmuseum

Gerrit Berckheyde (1638-1698)
The Curve of Canal Herengracht, 1672
Oil on canvas - 40 x 60 cm
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
Photo : Rijksmuseum

29/5/09 – Acquisition – Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum – In September 2008, the Rijksmuseum acquired a painting by Gerrit Berckheyde representing a view of one the main canals in Amsterdam (ill.) from a wealthy Dutch collector, Louis Reijtenbagh.
A student of Frans Hals and of his own brother Job Berckheyde, Gerrit specialized in urban landscapes, painting cities with exact topographical detail and in a very recognizable style, with a precise line and cold colours. This manner is close to that of Jan van der Heyden and of Pieter Saenredam, even if the latter did mostly church interiors.

The painting was lent to the exhibition Pride of Place : Dutch cityscapes of the Golden Age which closed last 3 May at the National Gallery in Washington. Its return had been demanded by the bank J P Morgan, at odds with the seller, but in fact the case finally was never taken to justice ; the work returned without any problem to the Netherlands. It is now hanging in the Rijksmuseum (where few of the rooms are open to the public due to the renovation work).

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 29 mai 2009

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