Label copy Van Goyen was known for his monochromatic landscape paintings. Our drawing dates from a period in his life when he appears to have made more drawings than paintings. In this work the draftsman leads our eye back into space by the diagonal array of boats manned by fishermen. The figures occur at intervals calculated to harmonize with the vertical rhythms of buildings and trees. This careful attention to structure is coupled with a spontaneity of touch. The artist created natural atmospheric effects through his deft handling of wash.
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