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Forest with Rider and Dogs
Vroom, Hendrick Cornelisz
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Vroom, Hendrick Cornelisz

Haarlem, 1566 - Haarlem, 1640

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Forest with Rider and Dogs

1625 - 1630. Oil on panel. Not on display

This painting entered the Museum as an original by Jacob Isaaksz. van Ruisdael (1628-1682), an attribution that remained in the catalogue until 1972. Valdivieso (1973) believed it to be connected with Johan de Lagoor (1618/27-1660). However, the restoration carried out for this catalogue has revealed the signature of Cornelis Hendricksz. Vroom.

Between two compact masses of holm oaks, a path leads off into the horizon. Moving through the trees on the left there is a figure on horseback, perhaps a hunter, following the two greyhounds racing across the path in the background. This is the kind of forest landscape typically cultivated by Cornelis Vroom. Trees cover most of the picture surface. Light from the background filters in through the trunks and small overhanging branches, creating a feeling of great spatial depth. The colour is applied with small, thick brushstrokes, and there are hardly any glazes.

Vroom rarely dated his works, which makes it difficult to order them chronologically. The balanced compositional arrangement, the meticulous detail of the foliage and the attention to delicate light effects would suggest this landscape was painted in the second half of the 1620s (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado. 2009, p. 317).


Technical data

Inventory number
Vroom, Hendrick Cornelisz
Forest with Rider and Dogs
1625 - 1630
Height: 55 cm.; Width: 61 cm.; Alto con marco: 79.5 cm.; Ancho con marco: 86 cm.; Fondo con marco: 6.5 cm.
Royal Collection (colección del príncipe Carlos, futuro Carlos IV, Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial-Madrid; Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, 1794; Palacio Real, Madrid, pieza verde que hace esquina al norte, 1814-1818, nº 394).

Bibliography +

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Pintura Holandesa del siglo XVII en españa, Universidad, Valladolid, 1973, pp. 357.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 825.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990, pp. nº1410.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 148-149.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, El paisaje nórdico en el Prado: Rubens, Brueghel, Lorena, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2011, pp. 45-46, 157 / 7.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Rubens, Brueghel, Lorrain. A Paisagem Nórdica do Museu do Prado, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga - INCM - Museo Nacional del Prado, Lisboa, 2013, pp. 44,153 n.7.

Other inventories +

Inv. Fernando VII, Palacio Nuevo, 1814-1818. Núm. 394.
Pieza verde que hace esquina al Norte [...] / {21466-21467} 315 - 394 / Tres cuartas en cuadro, pais en una tarde de viento y una figura = el segundo monte espeso con una figura a caballo

Museo Real de Pinturas a la muerte de Fernando VII, 1834. Núm. fol.414.
Veinte y uno. Bosque espeso, a lo lejos se ve una caceria de Jacopo Ruisdael.

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1410.
Ruisdael (jacobo) / 1410. Bosque espeso. / A lo lejos se ve una cazeria. (tabla.) / Alto 1 pie, 11 pulg; 6 lin; ancho 2 pies, 2 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1655.
1655.-(1410-N.)-Bosque espeso, con rompimientos por los cuales se divisa una cacería.-Su autenticidad es dudosa para algunos inteligentes, que creen hallar en él el estilo de Hobbema. / Alto 0,55; ancho 0,61.-T.



Exhibitions +

Rubens, Brueghel, Lorena. El paisaje nórdico en el Prado
03.12.2013 - 30.03.2014

Dutch Painters at the Prado
03.12.2009 - 11.04.2010

Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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