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Villeers, Jacob de
Mountain Landscape with Travellers Mountain Landscape with Travellers
around 1650-1660 around 1650-1660

In its transformation with dramatic light and accents of the Flemish tradition of fantasy mountain landscapes peopled by lonely travellers (epitomized in the idiom of Paul Bril), this picture shows De Villeers’s characteristic emulation of the work of the enigmatic Haarlem landscape artist Hercules Seghers. De Villeers likely came to Seghers by way of Abraham Furnerius and Rembrandt, who both admired the innovative landscapist. In the present composition, the curious feature of the half-hidden house in the centre is derived directly from Seghers’s work, where it appears, for example, in the Landscape with Houses in Rotterdam. Here, the looming monumental forms of the hills, caught in a raking light and rendered in chiaroscuro, are also reminiscent of the landscapes of Rembrandt himself, as is the monochromatic palette.

 
Villeers, Jacob de
Leiden, Netherlands 1616–Rotterdam, Netherlands 1667 Leiden, Netherlands 1616–Rotterdam, Netherlands 1667
Mountain Landscape with Travellers Mountain Landscape with Travellers
around 1650-1660 around 1650-1660
Oil on panel Oil on panel
height / width: 70.00 x 104.20 cm; 27.56 x 41.02 in.
Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991 Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 1991
34-020.14

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