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pen and brown ink on laid paper 9.5 x 15.3 cm Purchased 1938
National Gallery of Canada (no. 5072)
This sheet belongs to a group of drawings formerly attributed to Adam Elsheimer, who was an influential German artist working in Italy. He is recognized for having adapted the use of chiaroscuro to landscape as a means of unifying and dramatizing the play of light in atmosphere. His style greatly impacted Hendrik Goudt, to whom this work is now attributed. When Goudt returned to the Netherlands after his stay with Elsheimer in Rome, he continued to follow the master’s approach. The broad ink strokes of this intimate study convey an immediacy that suggests the work may have been drawn from life.