Frans Post Brazilian Landscape with a House under Construction
On view in Room 8
Johan Maurits took artists and scientists with him to Brazil. One of them was Frans Post, who recorded the landscape. But when Post made this panel, he had already been back in the Netherlands for some time.
Post painted Brazil with a European eye, for European collectors. As a result his landscapes provide an idealised image of the plantation colony and show nothing of the harsh reality of slavery. In Post’s painting, European colonists live harmoniously alongside the indigenous Brazilians (here presumably the Potiguara) and enslaved Africans.
Brazilian Landscape with a House under Construction
On view in
Material and technical details
46 x 70 cm
lower right: F. Post
Probably private collection, Amsterdam, until 1891; Eduardo Prado (1860-1901), São Paulo; by inheritance to Paul Plinio Prado, São Paulo, 1962; Raphael Parisi, São Paulo; Brod Gallery, London; H.J. (Hans) de Koster (1914-1992), Wassenaar; Robert Noortman Gallery, Maastricht, 1998; gift of Willem, Baron van Dedem to the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, 2002; on loan to Willem, Baron van Dedem, and his widow, London, 2002-2016