Windmills on a Canal

Antonie Erkelensabout 1790–1800

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Erkelens applied colored wash to make his depiction of typical Dutch windmills and farmhouses more picturesque. Here the low horizon line and the use of atmospheric perspective capture the seeming endlessness of the Dutch terrain. The layering of colored wash together with the scintillating reflections on the water lend the sheet an exceptional freshness and vibrancy.

Until recently Erkelens's small body of drawings was thought to be the work of an earlier, seventeenth-century artist in Rembrandt's circle. The artist's mistaken identity is testament to the extent to which Dutch eighteenth-century draftsmen imitated their predecessors.


  • Title: Windmills on a Canal
  • Creator: Antonie Erkelens
  • Date Created: about 1790–1800
  • Location Created: Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: 21 × 28.7 cm (8 1/4 × 11 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Watercolor and pen and brown ink
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2006.14
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Antonie Erkelens (Dutch, 1774 - 1804)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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