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Painting Title Landscape with Cottage and Bridge
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Decker, Cornelis Gerritsz. (Dutch painter, died 1678)
Previously attributed to Ostade, Isack van (Dutch painter, 1621-1649)
Date Earliest about 1650
Date Latest about 1678
Description A crude wooden bridge crosses a stream; on the left bank stands a cottage; on the right are trees and in the foreground a figure sits turned away from the spectator. The attribution to Decker is generally accepted; however, Salomon Rombouts (Dutch painter, c.1652-c.1702) was also once considered. Cornelis Gerritsz Decker was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter. He painted in the manner of Jacob van Ruisdael; similar elements to the ones in Decker's landscapes appear in the works of Adriaen van Ostade, Philips Wouwerman and Johannes Lingelbach. Landscapes were very popular in the 17th century Netherlands, as wealthy Dutch bourgeoises were mainly Protestant, so they preferred neutral subject matter rather than mythological or religious themes.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 756
Subject landscape
Measurements 46.9 x 61.5 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Agnew's Ltd., London, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green before 1934.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Loan Exhibition of Pictures at the Judges' Lodgings, York 1934, no. 52 as by Isaak van Ostade; F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 31.
Publications Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 51, pl. 57; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 120; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 260.
Notes

Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959) was a member of the wealthy industrial Green family from Wakefield that was among the great philanthropic benefactors of York. He began buying pictures during the 1920s, advised by some of the most famous art historians of the day. By the 1940s, he owned examples from almost every school and period of European Art a comprehensive collection of over 130 paintings dating back from the early 14th century to the end of the 18th century, representing every important European school of art. In 1952, he offered it to the National Gallery of South Africa, having moved to Cape Town in the hope that the climate would improve his health (which was poor because he was badly injured in the First World War). However when a dispute arose with the Cape Town Gallery, Francis withdrew his pictures in protest and shipped them back to England. The entire collection of 130 pictures was at first on loan to the York Art Gallery and in the spring of 1955 he decided to give it to the Gallery.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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