An idyllic landscape is populated by numerous figures, walking, taking a rest or doing things on the water. The main role, however, is taken by the fairytale tree in the foreground. Gnarled and covered in moss and ivy, it dominates the landscape, showing us the grandeur of nature.
Van Geel painted around thirty of this sort of fantasy landscape. This is remarkable, as his colleagues were concentrating more and more on naturalistic representations of the flat Dutch landscape.
Jacob van Geel (Middelburg c. 1585 - in or after 1637 unknown)
Imaginary Wooded Landscape
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25.4 x 15.2 cm
Sale London, Sotheby's, 17 May 1933, lot 65; sale Amsterdam, F. Muller, 11 March 1952, lot 688; Edmond & Leonore Hertzberger, Aerdenhout / Lugano; on loan to the Mauritshuis, The Hague, since 1996; gift from the Hertzberger Collection, 2008
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