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Painting Title Dragging Peat
Alternative Title Landscape with Punt
Ofl Title Etang et tireurs de tourbe à Noorden; Etang avec tireurs de tourbe
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Roelofs, Willem (Dutch painter, 1822-1897)
Date Earliest possibly 1880
Date Latest 1897
Signed yes
Description A flat, open landscape beneath a cloudy sky with a view across a stretch of water; a punt and two men in the centre with trees and a windmill beyond. Willem Roelofs was a Dutch painter, watercolourist, etcher, lithographer and draughtsman. He is considered to be a forerunner of The Hague School. His early works were strongly influenced by the Barbizon School. He also worked in Brussels, and was an important intermediary between the Belgian and Dutch art worlds. Noorden is a town in the Dutch province of South Holland; it is a part of the municipality of Nieuwkoop, and lies about 10 km north of Woerden. The expressive brush strokes indicate that YORAG : 928 is rather a late work of the artist; probably not earlier than 1880, but perhaps in that year, as dated pictures prove that Roelofs worked in Noorden in 1880.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 928
Inscription front lr 'W. Roelofs. 159' and ll 'R.62'
Subject landscape
Measurements 28.2 x 45.1 cm
Material oil on canvas on panel
Acquisition Details Purchased from A. Coulter, York, 1958.
Provenance Possibly artist's sale, Pulchri Studio, The Hague, 1898, cat. no. 110 as Etang avec tireurs de tourbe; possibly with Doig, Wilson & Wheatley 1940s.
Publications Possibly Atelier W. Roelofs, tableaux et e;tudes : dont la vente aura lieu a; La Haye dans la grande salle du cercle artistique "Pulchri Studio" ... / sous la direction de M. H.G. Tersteeg, Plaats 20, La Haye 1898, cat. 110; PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 44, October 1958, vol. XI, pp. 422-23 as 'Landscape with Punt'; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, pp. 72-73; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 327.

Inscription on back '159 Etang et Tireurs de Tourbe à Noorden'. Roelofs painted more landscapes set in Noorag; one of them is now in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (Boerenerf bij Noorden, about 1870-1897, SK-A-3607). Other paintings were sold at the auctions at Christie's in Amsterdam: Chemin au bord d'un canal Hollande (Noorden), signed and numbered lower right W:Roelofs 156, and inscribed with title and numbered lower left 102, on 29 April 1997 (lot 154); Effet de matin à Noorden, signed lower left 'W. Roelofs' and numbered lower right 44, on 18 April 2000 (lot 205); Etang à Noorden printemps on 28 October 2003 (lot 116) and Boerenwooning onder boomen, Noorden, signed and dated 1880, on 3 February 2004 (lot 137). In Stadsmuseum in Woerden there is an oil sketch by Roelofs, that shows cows in the landscape and was painted on cloth and later pasted on panel. It is signed ‘Noorden 1880'; an oil painting of the same view as is shown in the sketch was auctioned at Glerum in Amsterdam (April 19th 2004, auction 258, lot 107, 48 x 74,5 cm).

A label on the back: 'Doig, Wilson & Wheatley / Fine Art Dealers & Printsellers / Picture Restorer & Framers to / His Majesty the King / 90 George Street / Edinburgh / Established 1840'. The label in on a panel, not on a frame. The company was active at that address between 1895 and 1957; the label contains 5-digits telephone number.

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



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