This work is an excellent example of the riverscapes from van Goyen's mature period. The city of Dordrecht is depicted on the right of this landscape looking out to sea from the mouth of the Meuse River. The whole work is composed of a fine balance of almost monochromatic brown tones. The few sail boats and small boats that bob on the wave-filled surface of the delta and the figures rowing boats and fishing all have a melancholic air about them. The work is particularly fine in its depiction of the brilliant light that floods the area between the massive cloud-filled sky and the sea. Goyen repeated the same motifs and composition several times and a number of works depicting the mouth of the Meuse remain today. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 35)


  • Title: Mouth of the Meuse (Dordrecht)
  • Date Created: 1644
  • Location Created: Holland
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated lower right: V GOYEN 1644
  • Provenance: Private coll., Paris; Galerie Nathan, Zürich.
  • Physical Dimensions: w760 x h485 mm
  • Painter: Jan van Goyen
  • Object title (Japanese): マース河口(ドルトレヒト)
  • Object notes (Japanese): 本作品はホイエン円熟期の河川風景画の佳品である。河口近くのマース河から海に向かって眺望した風景で、画面右手にドルトレヒトの町が見える。画面全体が褐色系の殆どモノクロームに近い微妙な色調で構成され、波立つ河口の水面のところどころに浮かぶ帆船や小舟、また舟をこぎ、漁に従事する人々が、どことなくメランコリックな詩情を交えて描出されている。画面3分の2を占める大空に拡がる雲の層と水面との間を満たす光の描写も見事である。ホイエンは殆ど同じ構図とモティーフを使って一つの場所を何度となく描いており、このマース河口を描いた作品も多数存在する。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 35)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ホイエン、ヤン・ファン
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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