Focus on the Peck Collection: John Constable and the Dutch Landscape Tradition

July 23, 2021 - October 17, 2021

A black and white drawing of a river scene with boats and some buildings on the shore.

Seventeenth-century Dutch landscapes, with their emphasis on vivid naturalism, have captivated the imaginations of British artists for centuries. This Focus on the Peck Collection installation highlights the work of two artists separated by some 200 years: Dutch artist Jan van Goyen (1596-1656) and English artist John Constable (1776-1837). When shown together, numerous parallels emerge between their work, including their working method, their choice of subject matter, and their use of light and dark to create dramatic atmospheric effects, revealing a dynamic conversation across the centuries.

 

 

Image credit: Jan van Goyen, Dutch, 1596-1656, River scene with boats near a jetty by a tavern, 1653, Black chalk and gray wash on paper, sheet: 4 3/4 x 7 15/16 in. (12 x 20.2 cm). The Peck Collection, 2017.1.39.