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Cats, Jacob - Overgrown archway - A0814

 Cats, Jacob - Overgrown archwayCats, Jacob - Overgrown archway
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Jacob Cats
1741 Hamburg-Altona – Amsterdam 1799

Overgrown archway, with a herd and a herdsman passing.

Pen-and-ink drawing in brown, brown wash, over a slight pencil sketch, edged with a single brown pen-and-ink line, on wove paper (papier vélin), signed „J. Cats“ at lower right, once again signed „J Cats f“ at the back side. 18,7:25,8 cm.

Compare literature: K. Andrews, Catalogue of Netherlandish Drawings in the National Gallery of Scotland. Edinburgh, 1985, vol. I, D 1389, D 985, vol. II, Fig. 114 and 115; Exhibition catalogue: Alte Zeichnungen aus dem Kupferstichkabinett der Universität zu Leiden. Freiburg, Augustinermuseum 1986, No 25 and 26 with Fig.; Exhibition catalogue: Niederländische Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik der Sammlung Christoph Müller im Berliner Kupferstichkabinett. Berlin 2008, No 25 with Fig.

Jacob Cats’ style of painting landscapes was mainly influenced by the Dutch painting style of the 17th century, e.g. of J. van Goyen (1596-1656), S. van Ruisdael (about 1600–1670), J. van Ruisdael (about 1628–1682) or A. Cuyp (1629-1692). As to see on our buoyant pastoral scene, Cats mainly paid attention to make precise distinctions of lights and darks.