A Track on the Edge of a Wood with a Peasant Carrying Sheep

A Track on the Edge of a Wood with a Peasant Carrying Sheep

after 1640

Anthonie Waterloo

(Dutch, 1609/10-1690)

Black chalk and gray wash, touches of oiled charcoal

Overall: 25.8 x 39.2 cm (10 3/16 x 15 7/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.144

Location

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This drawing likely depicts the sandy, wooded region of Veluwe in the southern part of the Netherlands.

Description

Known exclusively for his drawings and prints, the Dutch artist Anthonie Waterloo specialized in tree studies and dense forest scenes such as this drawing. The vista here was probably made when he visited the Veluwe region of the Netherlands, in the southern province of Gelderland along the Rhine, in the 1640s. The landscape there was known for its woodlands, heathland, panoramic views, and sand drift, producing vistas drastically different than those of the flat, northwestern Netherlandish provinces. Waterloo's technique of using wet charcoal over dry chalk produced the effect of shimmering light and movement across the complex group of trees that are the feature of the drawing. Waterloo made and sold his drawings as finished works of art.

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