This moonlight scene has not been identified and is probably not intended to be topographically accurate. Van der Neer's early work was influenced by the landscape painters Joachim (1602 - 1659) and Raphael (1598 - 1657) Camphuysen, whom he knew in Gorinchem, where he had lived before he moved to Amsterdam in 1632. His works are difficult to date but this picture was probably painted in the mid-1640s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1603/4 - 1677
Full title
A Village by a River in Moonlight
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
19.7 x 28.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2536
Location in Gallery