JAN VAN GOYEN (Leiden 1596-1656 The Hague)
A market with a church and house beyond
signed and dated 'VG 1653' (lower right)
black chalk and gray wash, black chalk framing lines
734 x 1012 in. (20 x 27.2 cm)
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This animated and lively market scene is a prime example of Van Goyen's mature drawing style. Shown here is a small market with seated vendors selling what appears to be fruit or vegetables. The composition is enlivened by a scavenging dog, a man urinating against one of the market stalls at left and a man on horseback leaving the scene to the right. The drawing was executed in 1653 which was a particularly productive year for the artist; circa250 drawings from that year have survived. Two similar townscapes, from the same year, of similar size which also still retained the wide blank margins, were sold at Christie's, London, 3 July 2018, lots 39 and 40.
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