Frans de Hulst, 'Landscape with tower on banks of river'

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C. 1640
Oil on panel
Signed on the beam in the left corner
30.5 cm
41 cm

H.U. Beck, Jan van Goyen IV Künstler um Jan van Goyen, Doornspijk 1993, p. 191, nr. 519.
K.J. Müllenmeister, Meer und Land im Licht des 17. Jahrhunderts, Bremen 1973, deel I, afb. 119.

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This painting shows a landscape with a tower on the banks of a river, with two men fishing from a boat and a man in a boat rowing to the side. In the background is a sailing ship. Frans de Hulst's most famous paintings are landscapes with dunes or rivers with towers like this one. The painting is typical for landscapepainting in mid seventeenth century Haarlem and the oval shape was often used by De Hulst. The painting is a well preserved example of Frans de Hulst’s work.

Frans de Hulst lived and worked in Haarlem, his earliest pictures resemble the technique and style of Salomon van Ruysdael. It is suggested Frans de Hulst was his student, but since there is no proof this is unknown. In 1631 De Hulst became a member of the Haarlem Saint Luke’s gild, and in 1642 he was the gild's secretary. His paintings from the 1640’s resemble the works of Jan van Goyen. 

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