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van Goyen, Jan (Dutch, b.1596, d.1656), Artist
Beach Scene
oil on panel
412 x 607 mm panel size
2-2003
Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Given 2003 by the estate of Ivor Trevena Idris through Richard Deeble.
Van Goyen was a prolific painter of land and seascapes in which human figures seem almost erased by the focus on sky and country, or horizons of towers, church spires and the sails of coastal shipping. He was born in Leiden in 1596 and, apart from a working visit to France as a young man, settled and worked in the Netherlands – in Leiden, Haarlem and The Hague – for the rest of his life. He was also a versatile, though not always successful, businessman, working in real estate and picture and tulip dealing. His paintings are known for their subtle use of a limited palette – golden browns, yellow ochres, with occasional red and silver highlights. Recent conservation by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery has revealed something of the glorious cloudy sky over the North Sea, giving a ghostly illumination to the crowded figures along the water’s edge, as if the men and women inhabit a strange netherworld

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