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Swanevelt, Herman van
La grande cascade (No. 3 in a series of 4: “Four Vertical Landscapes”)
around 1640-1655

Travelling to Italy around 1629, Herman van Swanevelt moved in the same artistic circles as Claude Lorrain (around 1604-1682), and developed a similarly classical style of landscape. He settled in France after 1641. In contrast to the rough everyday Italianate genre scenes favoured by artists such as the Bamboccianti, he pursued an idyllic, ordered landscape style with structured tonal depth and clarity of form. In both these prints, published in Paris, Swanevelt invokes an ancient paradise populated by myth and bucolic themes. Venus’ fervid grief is subordinate to her vast, calm forest setting. Similarly, in La grande cascade, an ordered landscape is populated by Arcadian shepherds who blend into an idyllic countryside with waterfall and tranquil trees.

 
Swanevelt, Herman van
born Woerden, Netherlands ca. 1600; died Paris, France 1665
La grande cascade (No. 3 in a series of 4: “Four Vertical Landscapes”)
around 1640-1655
etching on paper, state 2 of 5
height / width: 31.00 x 24.00 cm; 12.20 x 9.45 in.
Purchase, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, 1987
30-043

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