Fishermen hauling a Net

This painting is a companion piece to another painting by van Goyen, also in the National Gallery's Collection: 'A River Scene, with a Hut on an Island'. In the centre of the landscape in the far distance is a windmill and on the right, a church. The location has not been identified.

The paint and ground are very thin, so that the vertical grain of the wood is visible. The umber-coloured ground is exploited to great effect in the rapid handling of the sky, which contrasts with the linear style of the details of the boats and figures.

Key facts

Artist dates
1596 - 1656
Full title
Fishermen hauling a Net
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
37 x 33 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Elizabeth Carstairs, 1952
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two River Scenes

Jan van Goyen
Jan van Goyen: 'A River Scene, with a Hut on an Island'