Rustic Landscape with a Wooden Bridge over a Stream

circa 1613-14

Gorinchem 1566 – 1651 Utrecht
Engraved by Boëtius Adamsz. Bolswert (c. 1580 – 1633)

"Rustic Landscape with a Wooden Bridge over a Stream"
From a series of twenty landscapes, c. 1613-14

Etching and engraving. 23.4 x 31,3 cm (sheet); 15,3 x 23,9 cm (platemark)
With the number '8' below at the lower left

Watermark: Post horn, and lettering C.. (countermark)

Literature: Von Heinecken 1789, p. 37; Le Blanc 298-317 (Bolswert); Wurzbach 26 (Bolswert); Hollstein 345 (Bolswert); Roethlisberger 1993, Vol. 1, p. 195-196, cat. no. 237

Suburb impression, well inked and sharply printed on contemporary paper, with strong contrast and depth, before any sign of wear and with very wide margins all around the plate mark. In an impeccable state of conservation.

A rare print to find.

Bloemaert’s manneristic landscapes belong to the most original and celebrated from the period. The design of this plate dates from circa 1605-14, which in turn is largely based on two sketches that can be dated around 1585-’90. At that time Bloemaert was traveling the surroundings of Utrecht, where as one of the first Dutch artists of his generation, he freely draw from life all sort natural motives, barns and farmhouses. It is this sense of realism that is embodied in our print, which depicts a village scene in the peatlands without the specific aim of topographic accuracy.

Price: USD 2,700 / EURO 2,300

9 1/4 x 12 3/8 inches