Focus on the Peck Collection: The Dutch Realist Landscape

October 21, 2022 - January 15, 2023

A sketch of a group of houses with people in the foreground

During the early decades of the seventeenth century in the Netherlands, a new generation of artists active in Haarlem embraced representations of the local environs around them. Sweeping, grandiose, and idealized landscape depictions of the previous century were replaced by simple, intimate, and unpretentious subjects based on direct observation. This Focus on the Peck Collection installation presents the work of three artists who were instrumental in promoting this new landscape style. Two drawings from the Peck Collection by Jan van Goyen and Pieter de Molijn are shown together with a painting by Salomon van Ruysdael. Each river scene shares common elements, such as a low horizon line, trees that punctuate the sky, and human activity in nature, creating a harmonious and realistic impression of the low-lying Dutch landscape.

Image credit:
Jan van Goyen, Dutch, 1596-1656, Figures, Boats, and Cottages on the Banks of an Estuary, 1626, black chalk and gray wash on paper, 5 7/8 × 10 7/16 in. (15 × 26.5 cm). Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Peck Collection, 2017.1.40.

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