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River Scene with Ruined Tower

River Scene with Ruined Tower
Jan van Goyen
(Dutch, 1596-1656)
River Scene with Ruined Tower
1637
Oil on panel
(65.180)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan B. Hart

Jan van Goyen, the great seventeenth-century master of Dutch landscape painting, received his early training in his native Leyden and in Hoorn. In 1617 he completed his studies under his Haarlem master, Esaias van de Velde, whose landscape paintings had a lasting influence on the younger artist’s mature style. After fourteen years in Leyden, van Goyen moved in 1632 to The Hague where he painted for the remainder of his life. During the 1630s he developed a style characterized by tonal nuances of golden browns and grays. River Scene with Ruined Tower, of 1637, is a typical work of this period, representing an expansive river scene under a dark cloudy sky.

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