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Title Coastal Landscape with a Watchtower
Collection Watford Museum
Artist Attributed to circle of Molenaer, Klaes (Dutch painter, active before 1630-1676)
Date Earliest about 1660
Date Latest 1676
Description The artist has observed the effect of light, peculiar to the coast, on landscape and architecture. Influenced by the style of Jacob van Ruisdael, the artist paid particular attention to atmosphere and light. Similarly, he also showed an interest in the forms of the sand dunes that slope down to the sea. This composition reflects the feeling of national pride that was growing among Dutch artists, including Ruisdael and van Goyen, which inspired them to depict landscapes typical of the Netherlands.
Current Accession Number WATMC:2004.512
Former Accession Number M37
Subject landscape; buildings and gardens (watchtower); marine
Measurements 31 x 26 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by E. T. Burr 1930.
Publications Harwood, L. B., Paintings and Watercolour Drawings in the Watford Museum: A Catalogue of Selected Pictures, Watford, 1992, cat. no. 110, pp. 70-71.
Notes For interpretations of local and Italianate landscapes in Dutch seventeenth-century art, see: de Jongh, E., 'Mountains in the Lowlands', in Questions of Meaning: Theme and Motif in Seventeenth-Century Dutch painting, Leiden, 2000, pp. 167-92.
Rights Owner Watford Museum
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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