This is an early work. The main subject is the densely wooded river bank silhouetted against the cloudy sky and reflected in the waters of the river. The area to the right, with its dark reflections in the water, is contrasted with the lighter expanses to the left where the boats are clustered and the river continues its course into the distance. The clouds echo the trees in their varied groupings, forming a denser area to the left which balances the darkened river to the right. This skillful design is in sharp contrast to a later work by the painter, his 'Landscape with a Carriage' of 1659 in the National Gallery, with its looser handling and more fragmented appearance.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1600/3? - 1670
Full title
River Scene
Date made
1632
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
51.5 x 96.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Miss I.E.H. Cuming Butler, 1972
Inventory number
NG6419
Location in Gallery