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Painting Title River Scene
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Goyen, Jan van (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1596-1656)
Date 1627 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A boat with two fishermen is depicted right centre; trees and a house are in the left. More boats appear in the distance; the horizon is low. Jan van Goyen was an important Dutch landscapist known for his so-called 'tonal style'. He painted almost monochrome pictures in 1640s, so the date 1627 seems to be too early for this style, which puts the authenticity of the signature into question.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 760
Inscription front lc (on a boat) 'I. van Goyen 1627'
Subject landscape; figure
Measurements 18.4 x 30.4 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Max Rothschild; purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1930.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 35; Silver Jubilee Exhibition: Jan van Goyen - Poet of the Dutch Landscape, Alan Jacobs Gallery, London, 1977, no. 1 .
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 57; Beck, H.U., , Amsterdam 1973, vol. 2, p. 206, no. 425; Catalogue Supplement 1974: Amendments and Additions to Catalogue Volumes I and II, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1975, p. 10; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 119, as after van Goyen; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 287.

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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