Thursday, December 30, 2010
“Twixt The Departing And The Upstarting”
Gerrit Van Battem (1636-1684)
Winter Scene Outside A Town
The Royal Collection, London
Watercolor And Bodycolor On Paper
11 1/8 Inches By 16 5/16 Inches
Goethe himself—master of the New Year poem, the New Year letter, the New Year quotation and the New Year thought—surely would have appreciated this superb Dutch landscape by minor master Gerrit Van Battem, a painter renowned for his small-scale but exquisite landscapes.
An artwork relevant to the bout of winter weather that currently grips much of the country, “Winter Scene Outside A Town” is a most suitable painting to greet 2011.