• Snowball Fight

    Artist:
    Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656
    Technique:
    brush and brown and grey wash
    Dimensions:
    14,6x25,7 cm

Goyen, Jan van. 1596-1656

Snowball Fight

Holland, 1625

Painter, draughtsman and etcher, Jan van Goyen was famed for his landscapes. This piece is one of a group of early drawings, which in technique, style and subject demonstrate the influence of the artist's teacher Esaias van de Velde. The careful execution, well thought-out composition, the presence of the date and the artist?s signature are all evidence that the drawing was created as a finished work in its right, and was intended for sale. A village street runs along the diagonal into the distance, and in the foreground are the local inhabitants, caught up in their snowball fight. Using only scarce artistic means, the master creates an entertaining scene in which the figures use broad gestures and have vivid facial expressions. The subject is treated with the realism typical of Dutch 17th-century genre painting.

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Snowball Fight

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brush and brown and grey wash

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14,6x25,7 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1921; handed over from the Department of Preservation of Works of Art and Antiquities

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ОР-26002

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