Ten tranquil landscapes from Adriaen van de Velde - a Dutch Golden Age great

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 August 2016

This winter, Dulwich Picture Gallery will be remembering summer. Adriaen van de Velde's panoramic beaches bring the sunshine and serenity

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Adriaen van de Velde, The Hut (1671). Oil on canvas© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Adriaen van de Velde’s father and brother probably didn’t expect him to form a triumvirate of accomplished painters with them when he was born in Amsterdam in 1636.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds. Brush and brown ink over black chalk© The Trustees of The British Museum
Willem van de Velde the Elder and Willem van de Velde the Younger were both marine painters. Adriaen became better-known than both of them through his tranquil landscapes of Dutch and Italianising views.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Herdsman and herdswoman with livestock by a stream. Pen in brown and black grey wash© Teylers Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
These are serene works: the figures are in peaceful harmony with their surroundings and any nearby animals.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Figures in a deer park (circa 1665)© The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Edward and Sally Speelman Collection
Van de Velde spent less than two decades producing his varied body of paintings and drawings, but they earned him a level of posthumous fame which made him one of the most prized painters among collectors in Germany, France and England during the 18th and 19th centuries.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
The beach at Scheveningen (1658). Oil on canvas© Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
In Dutch Master of Landscape, Dulwich Picture Gallery brings together 60 of the finest works by this landscape luminary of the Dutch Golden Age.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
The Hut (1671). Oil on canvas© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
There are beachscapes, preparatory studies in red chalk and pen-and-ink drawings and watercolours, sharpening the focus on the talent of a young 17th century artist.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Seated woman with basket. Red chalk© Private Collection
Bart Cornelis, the curator of the exhibition, calls van de Velde “exceptionally gifted and refined”, but observes that he has “slipped through the net of history” more recently.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Panoramic summer landscape with a horseman and a post wagon (1661). Oil on panel© Private Collection
“His drawings provide a fascinating opportunity to see a 17th century Dutch artist at work,” he says.

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Figures on the beach at Scheveningen (1660). Oil on canvas© Royal Collection Trust / Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015
“We can, as it were, look over his shoulder to see how he composed his landscapes.”

A photo of a landscape painting by adriaen van de Velde showing people in the countyside
Two studies of a reclining shepherd (1666-1671). Red chalk over a sketch in black chalk© Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt
  • Adriaen van de Velde: Master of the Dutch Golden Age is at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London from October 12 2016 – January 15 2017.

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Three more great landscape exhibitions to see

Harewood House, Leeds
Watercolours of Harewood, produced in the late 18th century by celebrated artists including JMW Turner, Cotman, and Girtin, star alongside photographs by pioneering Victorian photographer Roger Fenton, who captured the Brownian views in 1860. Until October 30 2016.

, Cambridge
Jan Brueghel the Elder, Paul Bril, David Vinckeboons, Abraham Bloemaert and Esaias van de Velde are among the 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish artists credited with pioneering the landscape tradition. The current exhibition, Brueghel and his Time: Landscape drawings from the Bruce Ingram Bequest, brings together rarely seen early landscapes by these artists and others from the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram. Until September 4 2016.

, Penzance
From the 19th century onwards, artists were drawn to the Cornish coast, capturing on paper and canvas the romance and rawness of rocks and waves. See their exquisite productions in the current exhibition, Compass'd by the Inviolate Sea: Marine Painting in Cornwall from Turner to Wallis. Until September 3 2016.
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