The National Museum of Western Art

update 21 February 2019

Currently not on display

Jan van Goyen [Leyden, 1596 - The Hague, 1656]

Mouth of the Meuse (Dordrecht)

Date1644
Materials/Techniquesoil on panel
Size (cm)48.5 x 76
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: V GOYEN 1644
Credit LinePurchased
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1977-0001
Mouth of the Meuse  (Dordrecht)

This work is an excellent example of the riverscapes from van Goyen's mature period. The city of Dordrecht is depicted on the right of this landscape looking out to sea from the mouth of the Meuse River. The whole work is composed of a fine balance of almost monochromatic brown tones. The few sail boats and small boats that bob on the wave-filled surface of the delta and the figures rowing boats and fishing all have a melancholic air about them. The work is particularly fine in its depiction of the brilliant light that floods the area between the massive cloud-filled sky and the sea. Goyen repeated the same motifs and composition several times and a number of works depicting the mouth of the Meuse remain today. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 35)

Provenance

Private coll., Paris; Galerie Nathan, Zürich, by which sold to the NMWA, 1977.

Exhibition History

1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 13, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 13
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 22

Bibliography

1976
Roethlisberger, M. The great age of Baroque painting. Architectural Digest. November/December 1976, p. 95, col. repr.
1977
Koshi, Koichi. Sekai no Meiga. No. 2, Tokyo, 1977, p. 68, col. repr.
1979
Annual Bulletin of the National Museum of Western Art. No. 12 (1977), 1979, Koshi, Koichi. New acquisitions 1977 (Painting). pp. 6-8, New acquisitions (Catalogue). pp. 16-17, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 136, repr.
1989
Kobayashi-Sato, Yoriko. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings in Japan I. Annual Report Bridgestone Museum of Art & Ishibashi Museum of Art. no. 37 (1988), 1989, p. 44, no. 14, repr.
2018
Kofuku, Akira. Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. [Tokyo], The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; The Western Art Foundation, 2018, pp. 104-105, no. 29, col. repr.

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