A Wooded Landscape with Travelers and a Dog on a Path

167(5?)
Jan Wijnants (Dutch, about 1635–1684)


Catalogue Raisonné

HdG 478; Eisele 94

Dimensions

Overall: 34.1 x 42.4 cm (13 7/16 x 16 11/16 in.) Framed: 45.7 x 53.7 x 5.1 cm (18 x 21 1/8 x 2 in.)

Accession Number

2008.203

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

This small jewel-of-a-painting showing a peaceful landscape of dunes, meandering paths, and trees provides a contrast to other Dutch landscapes in the MFA collection. The very Dutchness of the scene is a foil to the Italianate character of contemporary works by Adam Pynacker and Willem de Heusch, and the clear, relatively colorful tonality, very different from the subdued earth tones of earlier depictions, explains why such paintings were eagerly bought by eighteenth-century English collectors and appreciated by Boucher, Gainsborough and John Crome.

Signed

Signed and dated lower left corner: J. Wijnants 167(0?)

Provenance

1907, with Frederik Muller, Amsterdam. 1919, August Janssen (b. 1849), Brussels; 1919, sold by Janssen to Goudstikker, Amsterdam; 1926, still with Goudstikker. 1957/1958, Alfred Brod Gallery, London. November 2, 2004, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, lot 103. David Koetser Gallery, Zurich; sold by Koetser to Linda H. Kaufman; 2008, gift of Linda Kaufman to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 25, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Linda H. and George M. Kaufman in honor of Barbara L. and Theodore B. Alfond