Esaias van de Velde
Dutch, ca. 1591–1630
Man on Horseback Conversing with a Woman
Black chalk and ink on paper
19.5 x 30.3 cm
Museum Purchase, 1954
Public Domain
Accession number: B54.08.3448

In this work the viewer's eye is led directly from the first, darker plane that includes the figures, through the bridge in the middle, to the little village in the foggy distance. The eldest son of a prominent artistic family in Haarlem, Esaias van de Velde was one of the founders of the school of Dutch landscape painting in the 17th century, which gradually relinquished the idealization of nature in favor of a more realistic approach. Typically, these artists incorporated in their landscapes salient features that made it possible to identify a particular place – the tower of a church, a bridge, a windmill, and so on. They increasingly chose to draw directly from nature, and the level of specific detail in the bridge and village seen here suggests that this landscape was indeed drawn in this way.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Perry-Lehmann, Meira, One Hundred Works on Paper: From the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1986, English / Hebrew

One Hundred Works on Paper from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, June - Sept. 1986, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Back to Nature, Landscapes Drawn by Masters, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Rena (Fisch) and Robert Lewin Gallery, 02/06/2013 - 26/09/2013

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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