- Gallery Text
Cuyp specialized in depictions of cattle, equestrian scenes, and views of shipping near his native Dordrecht. Suffused with golden sunlight, his mature paintings convey a serene, idyllic mood unequaled by any other Dutch master. Most of his drawings depict landscapes and, like this work, are fully resolved, autonomous compositions, often elaborated in refined combinations of washes, watercolors, and, in darker passages, a coating of gum arabic to deepen the shadows. Rising above the low-lying region across the Rhine River and punctuated by the tower of the late Gothic church of Saint Cunera, the picturesque silhouette of Rhenen and its medieval walls and gates were a favorite motif for Dutch landscapists.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
Aelbert Cuyp, Dutch (Dordrecht, Netherlands 1620 - 1691 Dordrecht, Netherlands)
- View of Rhenen
- Work Type
- c. 1642-46
- Physical Descriptions
- Black chalk, brown and gray wash, green transparent watercolor, white opaque watercolor, and touches of gum arabic on off-white antique laid paper
- 17.8 x 49.8 cm (7 x 19 5/8 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- inscription: verso, lower left, graphite: Kuyp
- inscription: verso, right center, brown ink: =2:15
Fragment of a crown, probably from atop a Strasbourg Lily; variant of Churchill 427 (1645)
- inscription: verso, lower right, graphite: 5 5
- inscription: verso, left center, graphite: de Stad Rheenen
- Dr. H. Wellesley, Oxford (without his mark, L. 1384), sold; [Sotheby’s, London, 25 June 1866 and following days, lot 367]; to [P. & D. Colnaghi, London], sold; to Henry Adams, Boston and London, 1867, by descent; to Mrs. Arthur Adams, Dover, MA.[Schaeffer Galleries, New York], sold; to John S. Newberry, Jr., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI; Gift of John S. Newberry, Jr., given in honor of Paul J. Sachs's 70th Birthday, inv. no. 1949.33.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of John S. Newberry, Jr., given in honor of Paul J. Sachs's 70th Birthday
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Frits Lugt, Les Marques de Collections de Dessins et d'Estampes. Marques estampillées et écrites de collections particulières et publiques. . . ., Vereenigde Drukkerijen (Amsterdam, 1921), p. 247
Henry Adams, Letters of Henry Adams (1858-1891), ed. Worthington Chauncey Ford, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1930), vol. 1, p. 125
Seventy Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition Arranged in Honor of Professor Paul J. Sachs on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1948-1949), cat. no. 40
Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Harvard Bulletin Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 29, 1949), vol. 51, no. 8, repr. p. 336
Agnes Mongan, ed., One Hundred Master Drawings, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1949), pp. 94-95, repr.
Six Centuries of Great Master Drawings, exh. cat., University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA, 1951), cat. no. 76, repr.
Ernst Scheyer, "Henry Adams as a Collector of Art", The Art Quarterly (Autumn 1952), vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 221-33, pp. 223, 225, 232 (n. 9), repr. p. 229, fig. 1
An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, checklist, Unpublished (1954), cat. no. 67, p. 16
Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY, 1967), cat. no. 10, n.p.
Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1969-1970, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1971), p. 6
Curtis O. Baer, ed., Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, exh. cat., Vassar College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1976), cat. no. 50, pp. 68-69, and under cat, no. 46, p. 64
Dordrechts Museum, Aelbert Cuyp en zijn familie, schilders te Dordrecht: Gerrit Gerritsz. Cuyp, Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp, Benjamin Gerritsz. Cuyp, Aelbert Cuyp, exh. cat., Dordrechts Museum (Dordrecht, 1977), under cat. no. 43, p. 118, (n. 4)
Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann, "Jan van Goyen in the Corcoran: Exemplars of Dutch Naturalism", The William A. Clark Collection, ed. Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 1978), pp.55 and 59 (n. 13), repr. p. 54, fig. 44
Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 53, n.p., repr. pl. 53
The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, checklist (unpublished, 1980), no. 28
H. P. Deys, Achter Berg en Rijn over boeren, burgers en buitenlui in Rhenen, Stichting "Gebroken Lente" (Rhenen, Netherlands, 1981), no. 95, p. 37, repr.
Henry B. Adams, The Letters of Henry Adams, ed. J. C. Levenson, Eleanor Pearre Abbot, and Jayne N. Samuels, Belknap Press (Cambridge, MA, 1982 - 1988), p. 527 (n. 2)
Kristin A. Mortimer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums/Abbeville Press (Cambridge, MA; New York, NY, 1985), cat. no. 272, p. 233, repr.
Peter C. Sutton, A Guide to Dutch Art in America, Netherlands-American Amity Trust and Eerdmans (Washington, D.C. and Grand Rapids, MI, 1986), p. 39
Frederik J. Duparc, Landscape in Perspective: Drawings by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries, exh. cat., The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, 1988), cat. no. 22, p. 89, repr., and repr. color, p. 33, fig. 22
Clifford S. Ackley, From Michelangelo to Rembrandt: Master Drawings from the Teyler Museum, exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library (New York, NY, 1989), under cat. no. 86, pp. 133-34 (n. 2)
Paul Huys Janssen and Peter C. Sutton, The Hoogsteder Exhibition of Dutch Landscapes, exh. cat., Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder and Waanders Uitgevers (The Hague; Zwolle, 1991), under cat. no. 8, p. 62
Michiel C. Plomp, The Dutch drawings in the Teylers Museum, Snoeck Ducaju and Davaco (Ghent and Doornspijk, 1997), under cat. no. 98, p. 117
Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., Aelbert Cuyp, exh. cat., ed. Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C., 2001), cat. no. 73, p. 241, repr. (color)
An Exhibition of Master Drawings, auct. cat., P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (London, England, 2001), under cat. no. 18, n.p.
Old Master Drawings, auct. cat., Christie's, New York (New York, NY, January 24, 2001), under lot 160, p. 192
Laurens Schoemaker and H. P. Deys, Tegen de Helling van de Heuvelrug: Rhenen in oude tekeningen 1600-1900, Uitgeverij Matrijs (Utrecht, 2007), no. 13, p. 52, repr. and under cat. no. 14, p. 53, under cat. no. 18, p. 56, under cat. no. 44, p. 78, and p. 271
William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), p. 17, 23; cat. no. 22, pp. 91-93, repr. p. 92 (foldout); watermark p. 375
Franklin Einspruch, Fuse Visual Art Review: A Pair of Drawing Shows at the Harvard Art Museums, The Arts Fuse ([e-journal], June 9, 2016), http://artsfuse.org/146319/fuse-visual-arts-review-a-pair-of-drawing-shows-at-the-harvard-art-museums/, accessed June 9, 2016
- Exhibition History
Seventy Master Drawings: A Loan Exhibition arranged in honor of Professor Paul J. Sachs on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/01/1948 - 12/31/1949
Six Centuries of Master Drawings, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 05/01/1951 - 09/01/1951
An Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Drawings and Watercolors, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/01/1954 - 04/30/1954
Landscapes, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, 01/01/1959 - 12/31/1959
Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings from the Fogg Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 05/08/1967 - 06/11/1967
Seventeenth Century Dutch Landscape Drawings and Selected Prints from American Collections, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 03/28/1976 - 05/07/1976
European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979
The Draughtsman at Work. Drawing in the Golden Century of Dutch Art, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 11/21/1980 - 01/04/1981
Landscape in Perspective: Drawings by Rembrandt and his Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/20/1988 - 04/03/1988; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 04/15/1988 - 05/29/1988
Aelbert Cuyp, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/07/2001 - 01/13/2002
Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016
- Subjects and Contexts
Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings
- Related Works
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