Dutch paintings recently added to the National Gallery in Washington


3/8/10 – Acquisitions – Washington, National Gallery of Art – Over the past few years several Dutch paintings which we had not mentioned previously on our site joined the collections at this American museum.


1. Jan Lievens (1607-1674)
Bearded Man with a Beret, c. 1630
Oil on panel - 53.5 x 46.3 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art
Photo : National Gallery of Art



Starting with 2006, the Kaufman Americana Foundation donated [1] a painting by Jan Lievens (ill. 1) dating from about 1630, when the artist worked alongside Rembrandt. Possibly, this might be the same model who posed for Two Men Arguing by Rembrandt held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. This Bearded Man with a Beret was displayed recently at the Lievens retrospective organized by the National Gallery in conjunction with the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam [2].


2. Cornelis van Poelenburgh (1594/1595-1667)
Christ Carrying the Cross
Huile sur cuivre - 44.2 x 62.3 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art
Photo : National Gallery of Art



A year later, in 2007, the museum purchased [3] a painting on copper by Cornelis van Poelenburgh, Christ Carrying the Cross (ill. 2), dating from the early 1620’s, that is the artist’s Italian period. The multitude of small figures reflects Elsheimer’s influence, the very finished matter with luminous colours and the landscape with scattered ruins being typical of Pelenburgh’s works. In 2004, the museum had received a donation of anotherone of his paintings, on wood, presenting the same characteristics despite a later date, around 1630, following his return in 1625 to Utrecht, which he never again left and where he in fact died.


3. Salomon van Ruysdael (1600/1603-1670)
River Landscape with Ferry, 1649
Oil on canvas - 101.5 x 134.8 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art
Photo : National Gallery of Art



The same year, a Salomon van Ruysdael (ill. 3) from the Goudstikker collection (see news item of 11/2/06 in French), which hung for many years at the Rijksmuseum was acquired by the National Gallery. This is the first painting by this artist to join the collections which however already held three by his nephew, Jacob.


4. Abraham de Verwer (vers 1585-1650)
View of Hoorn, c. 1650
Oil on panel - 51.1 x 94.6 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art
Photo : National Gallery of Art



In 2008, a seascape (ill. 4) by another specialist of this genre, the painter Abraham de Verwer, a native of Haarlem who worked mostly in Amsterdam, was purchased by Washington. The canvas represents a view of the city of Hoorn.


5. Judith Leyster (1609-1660)
Young Boy in Profile, c. 1630
Oil on panel - D. 19 cm
Washington, National Gallery of Art
Photo : National Gallery of Art



Finally, in 2009 a small tondo on wood, Young Boy in Profile by Judith Leyster (ill. 5) was donated by Mrs. Thomas M. Evans and thus joined the Self-Portrait of the same artist, already owned by the National Gallery.


Didier Rykner, mardi 3 août 2010


Notes

[1] In memory of George M. and Linda H. Kaufman.

[2] Under the supervision of Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.,Jan Lieven. A Dutch Master Rediscovered, exhibition catalogue, 2008. cat. 20, pp. 120-121.

[3] From the Claude Vittet Gallery in Paris.



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